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1Hypothetical, conjectural; supposed; = "suppositious". Compare slightly earlier suppositively.
2Grammar. Expressing a supposition, conditional.
Grammar. A word, form, mood, or utterance expressing a supposition; a conditional conjunction.
Late 15th century (in an earlier sense). Originally from classical Latin supposit-, past participial stem of suppōnere suppone + -ive.
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