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English definition of “putative”

putative

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈpjuː.tə.tɪv/ us    /-t̬ə.t̬ɪv/ formal
generally thought to be or to exist, even if this may not really be true: The putative leader of the terrorist cell was arrested yesterday.
putatively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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