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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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For example, in the fall of 2006, a victim visited the location of an ATM in Florida that he thought he had purchased from Netschi's company and that was purportedly being serviced by Moore's company.
As was the case in SFLP I, the children purportedly contributed receivables for their initial LP interest, but they were not documented in writing (and were without repayment terms).
1, an audio tape purportedly released by al-Zawahri called for attacks on the interests of the United States and Britain as well as their allies such as Japan in the war on terror.
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He meets up with a tangle-child (elf) named Betony, and together they search for a cure for his illness while trying to combat an evil japegrin (pixie) who is trying to sell potions that purportedly heal but instead can be fatal.
Many members of the near-death group also reported prior instances of extrasensory perception or other purportedly paranormal experiences.
soldiers and commanders purportedly violated international law.
One was an America Online profile purportedly posted by one of the killers that listed his marital status as "ToSsinG My bitch QuEeN's SalAd" and included "BoYeEeeeEeeEEEEEEsss" on a list of occupations.
Purportedly calling on his experience with flamenco, the brief choreography was, rather jazz- and modern-based.
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