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To convey, imply, or profess; to have an appearance or effect.

The purport of an instrument generally refers to its facial appearance or import, as distinguished from the tenor of an instrument, which means an exact copy or duplicate.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PURPORT, pleading. This word means the substance of a writing, as it appears on the face of it, to the eye that reads it; it differs from tenor. (q.v.), 2 Russ. on Cr. 365; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 235; 1 East, R. 179, and the cases in the notes.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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So, basically they are self appointed and purport to represent us with no consultation.Maybe I''m missing something but this does not sound very representative to me.
Virginia Delegate David Albo (R-Springfield), one of the bill's sponsors, denies this is the case, saying the law voids only contracts that purport to form marriages.
Thus, how environmental health researchers respond to community concerns has a direct influence on the development of long-term relationships between scientists and the communities they purport to serve through their research.
He said most Kikuyus and Mt Kenya residents do not share his opinion and should therefore not speak or purport to speak for them.
419A(f)(5): Transactions purport to meet the exception under Sec.
His clothes were unlaced and unbuttoned, and he had 'a look so piteous in purport / As if he had been loosed out of hell / To speak of horrors' .
He does tell us, with no evident slyness, that "ecphrastic poems purport to speak up for the silent picture, to make it speak out in some way." What if I rewrote that as "Strong poems purport to speak up for the too reticent precursor painting, to make it speak out in some way?" I don't believe Hollander would sanction my rewriting, because he certainly does not see the relations between poems and pictures as primarily anxious or defensive.
It could help explain, for example, a peculiar feature of left-wing publications like the Village Voice--the way their self-absorbed politics of libido embrace the raw Id of the commercial culture they purport to oppose.
'In the past, it used to be that some of these individuals have used the names of these groups and platforms to purport to represent their people and as such enjoyed huge government patronage.