Definition of putative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpjuːtətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpjuːtətɪv//
[only before noun] (formal or law)
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believed to be the person or thing mentioned synonym presumed the putative father of this child Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French putatif, -ive or late Latin putativus, from Latin putat- ‘thought’, from the verb putare.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: putative