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Definition commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
  • The study will shed some light on the putative cause of the recession.
putative = commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
  • However, as your putative brother and former teacher I feel obligated to mention a couple of things.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • By the end of the day fifty people had been injured, and the putatively allied countries were once more at each other's throats.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • But on the day of her putative labor, Hema heard only silence.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • We listened vaguely to Our Father's tale of the putative Mercedes truck.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She perceived that she could do office work without losing any of the putative feminine virtue of domesticity; that cooking and cleaning, when divested of the fussing of an Aunt Bessie, take but a tenth of the time which, in a Gopher Prairie, it is but decent to devote to them.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • At college and elsewhere I had played out this solemn little cultural charade too many times to be unaware that it was a prelude, a preliminary feeling-out of mutual sensibilities in which the substance of what one said was less important than the putative authority with which one's words were spoken.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • The idea that Aineias replanted civilization in the West was already traditional when Virgil took it up in The Aeneid, and it remained active as late as Geoffrey of Monmouth, who began his History of the British Kings (1133) with the Trojan diaspora and the settling of Albion by Brutus (sounds like "British"), a putative great-grandson of Aineias.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Sir John Dalrymple, the putative father of a whining jesuitical piece, fallaciously called, "THE ADDRESS OF THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND TO THE INHABITANTS OF AMERICA," hath, perhaps, from a vain supposition, that the people here were to be frightened at the pomp and description of a king, given, (though very unwisely on his part) the real character of the present one: "But" says this writer, "if you are inclined to pay compliments to an administration, which we do not complain of,"...
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • A jealous rival who undermines her, deceiving the putative patron as to her true, noble nature.
    Ann Leckie  --  Ancillary Justice
  • It should occur on average seven times per year, separated by intervals just slightly longer than that endured by Noah on his putative ark.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • It gave him a mysterious air, like a putative from the law.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • The fact that they were aboard a putatively hostile vessel and had found friendly Russian-speaking men had been overpowering for many of the young conscripts.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • ...except the Faith, and later liked to attend benediction in the chapel of Brideshead and see the ladies of the family with their necks arched in devotion under their black lace mantillas; he loved forgotten scandals in high life and was an expert in putative parentage; he claimed to love the past, but I always felt that he thought all the splendid company, living or dead, with whom he associated slightly absurd; it was Mr. Samgrass who was real, the rest were an insubstantial pageant.
    Evelyn Waugh  --  Brideshead Revisited
  • If he believed that I was a gentlewoman in distress, he might provide me with temporary escort toward the coast and my putative embarkation for France.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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