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Alleged; supposed; reputed.

A putative father is the individual who is alleged to be the father of an illegitimate child.

A putative marriage is one that has been contracted in Good Faith and pursuant to ignorance, by one or both parties, that certain impediments exist to render it null and void.


adj. commonly believed, supposed or claimed. Thus a putative father is one believed to be the father unless proved otherwise, a putative marriage is one that is accepted as legal when in reality it was not lawful (e.g. due to failure to complete a prior divorce). A putative will is one that appears to be the final will but a later will is found that revokes it and shows that the putative will was not the last will of the deceased.


adjective acknowledged, alleged, assumed, attributed, avowed, believed, claimed, commonly considdred, conjectured, deemed, falsus, ostensible, presumed, presumptive, professed, purported, recognized, reported, reputed, speculative, supposed
Associated concepts: putative father, putative parent

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.

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In addition, a putatively public good is indivisible because if it is made available to one person, it must unavoidably be made available to everyone.
The possibility of secure translation is, after all, an implicit theoretical basis for the Letter to Anebo; Porphyry can pose Greek philosophical questions in Greek to his putatively Egyptian addressee about Egyptian theology and, in turn, expect an intelligible response in Greek, because foreign, Egyptian signifiers must be unproblematically translatable.
This chapter proves to be the book's most interesting section, providing an analysis of how physical space, theatrical performance, and ritual commemoration work together to undermine the sense of reform that putatively characterizes revenge drama.
Putatively endangered incumbents John Murtha and Chris Carney cruised to reelection with margins well over 50 percent.
Social conservatives and so-called paleoconservatives, putatively united by the principles of upholding and valorizing traditional religion, family, and nation, as well as a real work-ethic and strict law and order, do indeed have much in common.
Thus, for instance, where some scholars have stressed the putatively organic harmony between patron and artist (Marc Fumaroli), others have seen self-interest and competition (Sharon Kettering), And while Alain Viala's influential account takes patronage to be a fundamental obstacle to the creation of a literary field, Christian Jouhaud contends that it actually enhanced the autonomy of writers.
Adenophorus was primarily circumscribed as a distinct genus based on the presence of putatively unique glandular, receptacular paraphyses (Bishop, 1974).
In other words, to proceed from an analysis of the specific operations of the brain to their putatively psychological correlates is just not conceptually acceptable, according to Bennett and Hacker.
As we do the work of bridge building and improving our host citizens' lives, if the people providing our transportation and security are antagonizing, angering and even killing the people we are putatively trying to help, our entire mission is undermined.
To ascertain whether the actors are putatively justified, it is necessary to examine whether each actor would believe that his force was necessary or justified if he had complete knowledge of the situation.
The third is to juxtapose the work of specialists in other fields on topics and subjects putatively treated by neoclassicism: Leon Lindberg on political science, Samuel Preston on demography, Alan Lewis on psychology, Alberto Martinelli and Neil Smelser on sociology, Britt-Mari Blegvad and Finn Collin on law, and Ulf Himmelstrand on a lexicographic preference approach.
1992; Powers and Gold, 1992; Li and Gold, 1992; Jenkin and Gold, unpublished data), including 62 species currently placed in the putatively monophyletic assemblage referred to as the "notropins" by Coburn and Cavender (1992).

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