- Supposably is defined as capable of being conceived. It is used as a colloquial word and typically is not used in formal writing.
An example of supposably used as an adverb is in the sentence, "It's supposably reported that he is going to win the election," which means that it is possible to believe that news reports say he will win the election.
supposable + -ly
Variant of suppose
transitive verbsupposed, supposing
- to assume to be true, as for the sake of argument or to illustrate a proof: suppose A equals B
- to believe, think, guess, etc.: I suppose you're right
- presuppose (sense )
- to consider as a proposed or suggested possibility: used in the imperative: suppose they don't come
- to expect or obligate: always in the passive: you're supposed to telephone
Origin of supposeMiddle English supposen ; from Middle French supposer, to suppose, imagine, altered (infl. by poser: see pose) ; from Medieval Latin supponere, to suppose, assume ; from Classical Latin to put under, substitute ; from sub-, sub- + ponere: see position