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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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A television broadcast on Monday purportedly exposes six umpires from Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
With the correct electrical match, the motors purportedly achieve speeds up to 10,000 rpm.
In truth and fact, approximately 90 per cent of the machines purportedly sold to the victims either did not exist or were never owned by Moore or Netschi.
A LITTLE-READ Scottish broadsheet "serialised" a book purportedly about me yesterday.
This is an astonishing statement, coming as it does, from a newspaper that purportedly defends free speech.
Perhaps we need to assess the madness of open borders in time of war as reflecting the retraction of God's protective hand, His spent tolerance with a purportedly Christian nation's sanctioned idolatry, and His willingness to supplant its people for others (be they Mexican Catholic or Arab Moslem) who bring their children to term.
Ernie Chambers, Nebraska's only black legislator, would dissolve the district into smaller districts along geographic boundaries, which would create a purportedly mostly black, mostly white and mostly Hispanic district in the north, south and central areas of Omaha.
A welcome contribution to the ongoing national dialogue with respect to the "War on Terror" purportedly taking place around the world, Terror
00), the command-and-control model that has reigned in mass manufacturing and, yes, service (and let's realize that design and engineering and even managing are service activities, so while he uses examples of things like call centers in explaining why there are massive amounts of waste inherent in what is purportedly getting done, don't be misled: This means you) is profoundly counterproductive--at least if your interests are in being profitable.
Parents' groups and assorted cultural commissars applauded as the Democratic governor, citing research that purportedly showed links between real-life violence and its pixelated counterparts, promised to make Illinois a safe haven for children.
The NYC Comptroller's office purportedly is negotiating a deal for as much as 250,000 s/f at 199 Water Street.