Definition of putative in English:

putative

adjective

  • attributive Generally considered or reputed to be.

    ‘the putative author of the book’
    • ‘In the Arabidopsis genome, several putative cellulases can be recognized.’
    • ‘The putative buyer backed all the way out immediately, without any suggestion of negotiation.’
    • ‘The enormity of this kind of response can never be reconciled with the putative causes.’
    • ‘For six years we have enjoyed the benefits of putative membership.’
    • ‘The putative victim uses a perhaps imagined slight to justify larger retaliation.’
    • ‘The putative Euro League, for big clubs in small countries, enhances the Old Firm's options no end.’
    • ‘Acas is also likely to meet ministers in an effort to find out how much money might be available to finance any putative deal.’
    • ‘The cuckolded father is in this sense also a helper, but we do not use the term for putative fathers.’
    • ‘There was a sickening lurch; immediate survival seemed more crucial than a putative riot.’
    • ‘The real tragedy is that most people in the world are trapped between the horror of a putative peace and the terror of war.’
    • ‘These concepts underlie his concerns about the dangers of a dictatorship of the majority in a putative democracy.’
    • ‘Our putative buyers really, really want this house, and are making best efforts to sell their own.’
    • ‘One putative proponent privately distanced himself from his public praise of Miers.’
    • ‘These large FKBPs contain the putative domains reported for interaction with Hsp 90 in animals.’
    • ‘Elitism establishes itself on such a putative ability to rise above mundane choices.’
    • ‘This year's quartet of putative Prime Ministers ought not to be discouraged.’
    • ‘Moyes does acknowledge that other putative claimants had seen the technology demonstrated.’
    • ‘Picture the scene on day one of the great knight's putative retirement.’
    • ‘We had a confirmatory call from the estate agent this morning, following on her investigation of the status of the putative deal.’
    • ‘But he did not reveal any timescale for talks and kept details of putative incentives to himself.’
    apparent, seeming, alleged, reputed, rumoured, claimed, purported, ostensible, specious
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French putatif, -ive or late Latin putativus, from Latin putat- ‘thought’, from the verb putare.

Pronunciation

putative

/ˈpjuːtətɪv/