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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.


verb allege, allude, claim, connote, convey, declare, declare with positiveness, denote, express, imply, indicare, indicate, infer, insinuate, intend, intimate, mean, pose as, pretend, profess, represent, say, show, significare, signify, state, suggest
See also: amount, bespeak, connotation, consequence, content, context, cornerstone, denote, design, gist, import, intent, main point, materiality, meaning, point, pretend, purpose, result, significance, signification, signify, spirit, substance, tenor, value

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.

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Golovinski's handiwork--24 subversive "protocols" that purport to be the minutes of a secret "Zionist" conclave--was to become a bulwark of anti-Semitic paranoia and an essential text of Nazism.
There is a four-part test for determining whether a defective or incomplete document is a valid return: First, there must be sufficient data to calculate tax liability; second, the document must purport to be a return; third, there must be an honest and reasonable attempt to satisfy the tax law requirements; and, fourth, the taxpayer must execute the return under penalties of perjury.
The business trust then makes payments to the trust unit holders that purport to reduce the taxable income of the trust to a point at which little or no tax is due.
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After initially approaching a business seeking funding, the fraudulent scheme seeks submission of a funding proposal from the business, which it then purports to review and approve.
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Defence counsel John Max-well said: "The video purports to be made by a company that gives its address.