- The definition of so called is something that is alleging to be something you are not sure it is.
An example of so called is when someone says he is an actor but you don't believe he is. You might say "the so-called actor."
so-called definition by Webster's New World
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- popularly known or called by this term: the so-called nuclear powers
- inaccurately or questionably designated as such: a so-called liberal
so-called definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Commonly called: “new buildings … in so-called modern style” (Graham Greene).
- Incorrectly or falsely termed: My so-called friends were gossiping about me again.