One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
sentence adverb Ostensibly; apparently (used in reference to something claimed or asserted, possibly falsely)‘restrictions professedly designed to stop the use of political propaganda’
supposedly, ostensibly, allegedly, apparently, avowedly, purportedly, by one's own accountView synonyms
- ‘In today's Europe - professedly pacifist, postnationalist, antihegemonic - an expression like ‘axis of evil’ wins few friends, and the idea of actually confronting the axis of evil still fewer.’
- ‘The secular press and politicians are professedly scared of a right-wing ‘takeover’ of the United States and its cherished institutions.’
- ‘It is about all of us in the context of a professedly multi-cultural society which should conform to the constitutional legitimacy of a social, democratic and secular republic.’
- ‘Even among the professedly deeply religious, actions don't always match up so well with the tenets of belief.’
- ‘They need not moralize about conservation and efficiency as ‘personal virtue,’ although they also need not be as curiously skittish of that notion as this professedly pious administration.’
- ‘Weeding out professedly gay applicants is one, rather brutal, way of restoring the balance.’
- ‘To be sure, many worldly-wise, professedly neutral Washington types will read this book as the self-serving defense of a wounded partisan.’
- ‘For one thing, they assume that Sartre's movement toward a professedly revolutionary stance should be judged by its own claims.’
- ‘Yet each feels terrible about his own hypocrisy and accompanying appetites for what he professedly hates, and so looks to express angst on the cheap.’
- ‘It must be said that a professedly cash strapped County Board has fouled up a great chance to pull in some badly needed revenue by playing these two games at separate venues on Sunday.’
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