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purport

noun [U]     /ˈpɜː.pɔːt/ US  /ˈpɝː.pɔːrt/ formal
the general meaning of someone's words or actions: I didn't read it all but I think the purport of the letter was that he will not be returning for at least a year.Meaning and significanceTypifying, illustrating and exemplifying
(Definition of purport noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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