Definition of supposedly in English:

supposedly

adverb

  • [sentence adverb] According to what is generally assumed or believed (often used to indicate that the speaker doubts the truth of the statement):

    ‘the adverts are aimed at women, supposedly because they do the shopping’
    • ‘Even the policemen who arrived there supposedly on the call of duty turned a blind eye.’
    • ‘Prehistoric art shows magical rites which supposedly ensured successful hunting.’
    • ‘For an economy that has supposedly abolished boom and bust, those are pretty big moves and of the bust type.’
    • ‘Time and again, the club have been supposedly on the brink of selling off their antiquated ground.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, these supposedly silly methods can make all the difference.’
    • ‘That one arm of a supposedly free press would do this to another is irony indeed.’
    • ‘This is supposedly all in the name of improved efficiency and reduced costs.’
    • ‘As with so many sports, the dawn of a new century brought nostalgia for a supposedly vanished golden age.’
    • ‘The result on screen is a form of animation but supposedly with realistic movements and emotions.’
    • ‘Even areas that are supposedly protected are absurdly abused, the dossier alleges.’
    • ‘Should a supposedly neutral information source be making such editorial judgments?’
    • ‘Traffic numbers have supposedly been monitored, but does anyone really know what it is like?’
    • ‘Anyway, all of the supposedly positive aspects of autumn are dragged up by us as September kicks in.’
    • ‘Worst of all, a company with supposedly growing sales was actually slipping backwards.’
    • ‘The rudiments of a police force now exist, supposedly being trained by Germans.’
    • ‘Last night's attack came in the form of a message supposedly from one of her friends.’
    • ‘It's supposedly a true story from a young boy who managed to escape the slums by becoming a photographer.’
    • ‘It's the Americans who want the end of February to be the final of a series of supposedly final deadlines.’
    • ‘What's worse is when these people are supposedly your elders and betters and making such a public show of it.’
    • ‘The first indication it had supposedly happened was a look of frozen horror as he took his first bite.’
    supposedly, seemingly, apparently, allegedly, reportedly, professedly, ostensibly, on the face of it, to all appearances, on the surface, to all intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, purportedly, nominally, by its own account, by one's own account, on paper
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Pronunciation

supposedly

/səˈpəʊzɪdli/