Putative definition

pyo͝otə-tĭv
Generally considered or deemed such; reputed.

A putative ancestor.

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Generally regarded as such; supposed.

A foundling's putative parents.

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The definition of putative refers to something commonly accepted as true or thought by most to be true.

When everyone thinks a certain author wrote an anonymous book, this is an example of a situation where the certain author is considered the putative author.

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Commonly believed or deemed to be the case; accepted by supposition rather than as a result of proof.
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Supposed rather than real; believed; reputed.
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Origin of putative

  • Middle English from Old French putatif from Late Latin putātīvus from Latin putāre to prune, think pau-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested 1432, from Middle French putatif, from Latin putātÄ«vus (“supposed, purported"), from putātus (“thought"), from putō.

    From Wiktionary