What does the word putative mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Supposed; reputed.

Usage examples for putative

  1. It does not help to reconcile us to an artificial approximation of books that are heterogeneous, unequal in value, and, frequently, composed under influences far removed from the after- thought that was given to them by a putative father. – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  2. The frame of the phrase seemed familiar to him as he uttered it, and he had just succeeded in tracing it back to the putative parentage of Lord Verulam, when, to his great astonishment, he heard Stafford's voice from the top of the bank, saying: " As I am in your mind already, Mr. Morewood, I feel my bodily appearance less of an intrusion on your solitude." – Father Stafford by Anthony Hope