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

/səˈpōzədlē/