Putative meaning

pyo͝o'tə-tĭv
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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Generally regarded as such; supposed.

A foundling's putative parents.

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Generally considered or deemed such; reputed.

A putative ancestor.

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Supposed rather than real; believed; reputed.
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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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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