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.
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