Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “putative”

See all translations

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  
Translations of “putative”
in Chinese (Traditional) 假定存在的,被認為存在的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 假定存在的,被认为存在的…
(Definition of putative from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of putative?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

make believe

believing or imagining things that appear to be attractive or exciting, but are not real

Word of the Day

Lies, lies, lies!

by Kate Woodford,
February 25, 2015
​​​ According to sociologists (=people who study the relationships between people living in groups), we are good at lying. As a species, we have developed a remarkable ability to deceive each other (= persuade each other that something false is true). Being able to say things that are not true can help with

Read More 

showrooming noun

February 23, 2015
the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

Read More