Putative
Putative Pu"ta*tive, a. [L. putativus, fr. putare, putatum, to reckon, suppose, adjust, prune, cleanse. See {Pure}, and cf. {Amputate}, {Compute}, {Dispute}, {Impute}.] Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the putative father of a child. ``His other putative (I dare not say feigned) friends.'' --E. Hall. [1913 Webster]

Thus things indifferent, being esteemed useful or pious, became customary, and then came for reverence into a putative and usurped authority. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]


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  • putative — pu·ta·tive / pyü tə tiv/ adj: thought, assumed, or alleged to be such or to exist the child s putative father ignorantly entered into a putative marriage before the divorce from a previous spouse was final pu·ta·tive·ly adv Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • putative — [pyo͞ot′ə tiv] adj. [ME putative < L putativus < putare, to suppose, reckon (orig., to cleanse, set in order, hence compute, consider: see PURE)] generally considered or deemed such; reputed [a putative ancestor] putatively adv …   English World dictionary

  • putative — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. putatif, from L. putativus supposed (c.200), from putatus, pp. of putare think, suppose, count, reckon, originally to prune (see PAVE (Cf. pave)). At first especially in putative marriage, one which, though legally… …   Etymology dictionary

  • putative — *supposed, supposititious, suppositious, reputed, purported, conjectural, hypothetical Analogous words: alleged, advanced (see ADDUCE): assumed, pretended, simulated (see ASSUME) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • putative — [adj] commonly believed accepted, alleged, assumed, conjectural, hypothetical, imputed, presumed, presumptive, reported, reputed, supposed, suppositional, suppositious; concept 529 Ant. proven, real, true …   New thesaurus

  • putative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ generally considered or reputed to be. DERIVATIVES putatively adverb. ORIGIN Latin putativus, from putare think …   English terms dictionary

  • putative — ● putatif, putative adjectif (bas latin putativus, imaginaire, du latin classique putare, supposer) Qui est supposé avoir une existence légale. ● putatif, putative (expressions) adjectif (bas latin putativus, imaginaire, du latin classique putare …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • putative — A putative F is something on trial for qualification as an F. The qualification is thus an alienans . A putative proof is an attempted proof, and may not be a proof …   Philosophy dictionary

  • putative — [[t]pju͟ːtətɪv[/t]] ADJ: ADJ n If you describe someone or something as putative, you mean that they are generally thought to be the thing mentioned. [LEGAL or, FORMAL] ...a putative father …   English dictionary

  • putative — putatively, adv. /pyooh teuh tiv/, adj. commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed: the putative boss of the mob. [1400 50; late ME < LL putativus reputed, equiv. to putat(us) (ptp. of putare to think, consider, reckon, orig. to clean, prune) + …   Universalium

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