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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
pu•ta•tive /ˈpyutətɪv/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. commonly thought of as such:a putative mobster.
See -pute-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
pu•ta•tive  (pyo̅o̅tə tiv),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. commonly regarded as such;
    supposed:the putative boss of the mob.
puta•tive•ly, adv. 
  • Late Latin putātīvus reputed, equivalent. to putāt(us) (past participle of putāre to think, consider, reckon, origin, originally to clean, prune) + -īvus -ive
  • late Middle English 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

putative /ˈpjuːtətɪv/ adj
  1. (prenominal) commonly regarded as being: the putative father
  2. (prenominal) considered to exist or have existed; inferred
Etymology: 15th Century: from Late Latin putātīvus supposed, from Latin putāre to consider

ˈputatively adv

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