One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Generally considered or reputed to be.
supposed, putativeView synonyms
- ‘Nor is he such a physician, as to perform, but a supposed, or reputative cure.’
- ‘Constables, having received a warrant from the Justice to apprehend the reputative father, shall willingly or negligently suffer him to escape.’
- ‘A joint occupation for five or six years is sufficient for to make reputative appurtenances.’
- ‘The first signal from our reputative prime minister is that, for him, union reforms laws are in place and ready to bite.’
- ‘Remission of sin is not the mere cold reputative or forensic remission of a legal bond or debt.’
Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin reputativus, from Latin reputare ‘think over’.
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