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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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On Friday, many Indian media outlets published the reports sharing a letter that was purportedly signed by 150 armed forces veterans -- including three former army chiefs, four former navy chiefs and a former air force chief.
According to the document purportedly a bill issued by New York City department of finance, Asif Ali Zardari was required to pay $2472.57 in property tax on or before October 15, 2018.
The tractor was seized purportedly for working on land in an area the army had declared a closed military zone without any reason.
On September 6, some MCAs allied to Dada purportedly held an election to make the changes.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) stressed that its system cannot be bypassed while refuting all suggestions of its software and ID database being purportedly compromised.
'It is clarified for public information that a circular bearing number 'F.P.M(Cir)/2134/DS(G)/2018 dated 28 August 2018' purportedly originating from the Prime Minister's Office regarding termination/retention of employees is fake and misleading,' a statement issued by the PM's Office said.
P.M(Cir)/2134/DS(G)/2018 dated 28 August 2018" purportedly originating from the PM's Office regarding the termination/retention of employees is fake and misleading," a statement issued by the PM's Office said.
National Publicity Secretary Mr Yekini Nabena in a statement said that a timetable circulating in the social media and published today (August 23, 2018) in Daily Times Newspaper, purportedly for the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries for State House of Assembly, National Assembly, Governorship and Presidential positions is fake.
A few Facebook accounts posted bank statements that purportedly showed Savoeun had amassed a fortune of over $26 million held in several banks, while his daughter purportedly has $7 million.
Government is aware and concerned about the appearance of false reports that have been circulating on social media purportedly announcing that as from 1st April 2018 there has been an adjustment in salaries, allowances and conditions of service for public service employees.
Mr Sakwa and Mr Chatur are directors of Desai Industries Limited and the three were arrested for presenting the forged bills purportedly issued by the CBK in the 1990s.Police pounced on the three a few minutes after 11am.
Accused Qaiser Mehmood was arrested and a huge quantity of unregistered/unwarranted and spurious injections of RISK (vile) purportedly manufactured by Getz Pharma was seized .