Meaning of “supposedly” in the English Dictionary

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"supposedly" in British English

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supposedlyadverb

uk /səˈpəʊ.zɪd.li/ us /səˈpoʊ.zɪd.li/

C1 used to show that you do not believe that something you have been told is true:

Well, the tickets are supposedly in the mail.

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  • And what might be the underlying significance of these supposedly random acts of violence?
  • There was a hidden meaning in her supposedly innocent remarks.
  • Supposedly, she never spoke to him again.
  • The letter was from her supposedly loving father.
  • Supposedly, they were all grief-stricken by his death.

(Definition of “supposedly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"supposedly" in American English

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supposedlyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /səˈpoʊ·zɪd·li/

according to what someone told you, or according to what is believed by many people to be true:

The tickets are supposedly in the mail.
I’ve been down to the south of England where supposedly King Arthur’s castle was.

(Definition of “supposedly” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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