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)

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