What does the word purport mean?

Usage examples for purport

  1. Within a very few hours' time, Mr. Quirk received, by the hand of a trusty messenger, from Grasp, a letter written by Steggars to Mr. Parkinson; a long and eloquent letter, to the purport and effect which Steggars had intimated. – Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 1. by Samuel Warren
  2. These are not his exact words; but the purport I have quoted from memory. – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  3. The proclamation did not purport to rest upon any constitutional power, but upon war powers solely. – The Life of Lyman Trumbull by Horace White