; commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds
; - Example: "the foundling's putative father"- Example: "the putative author of the book"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Putative \Pu"ta*tive\, a. [L. putativus, fr. putare, putatum, to
reckon, suppose, adjust, prune, cleanse. See Pure, and cf.
Amputate, Compute, Dispute, Impute.]
Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the
putative father of a child. "His other putative (I dare not
say feigned) friends." --E. Hall.
Thus things indifferent, being esteemed useful or
pious, became customary, and then came for reverence
into a putative and usurped authority. --Jer. Taylor.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: purported; commonly put forth or accepted as true on
inconclusive grounds; "the foundling's putative father";
"the putative author of the book"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
42 Moby Thesaurus words for "putative":
accountable, accounted as, alleged, ascribable, assignable,
assumed, assumptive, attributable, attributed, charged,
conjectural, conjectured, credited, deemed, derivable from,
derivational, derivative, due, explicable, given, granted,
hypothetical, imputable, imputed, inferred, owing, postulated,
postulational, premised, presumed, presumptive, referable,
referred to, reputed, supposed, suppositional, supposititious,
suppositive, suppository, taken for granted, traceable,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PUTATIVE. Reputed to be that which is not. The word is frequently used, as
putative father, (q.v.) putative marriage, putative wife, and the like. And
Toullier, tome 7, n. 29, uses the words putative owner, proprietare putatif.
Lord Kames uses the same expression. Princ. of Eq. 391.