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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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The Taliban terror group has released a video purporting to show King and another professor, Australian citizen Timothy Weeks.
Noting it was a live criminal investigation, she added: "All I can say is that I had personally received a contact from someone purporting -- as I say I don't know whether they are or are not -- to be the hacker looking for money."
BEIRUT: The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia released Wednesday photographs purporting to show military personnel from Sweden who have joined the group's fight against ISIS militants.
The fraudulent scheme operating under the name "Dubai Financial Investment Capital" is falsely purporting to offer financial capital to businesses seeking funding.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "At around 4.13pm on November 14 a man purporting to be from the council called at the woman's home."
Anyone receiving an e-mail purporting to be from eBay or PayPal should be forwarded to spoof@eBay.co.uk or spoof@PayPal.com.
Which suggests to me that Catholic politicians purporting to serve God while supporting death-dealing legislation are suffering a self-imposed, self-sustaining blindness to truth and to its consequences--not only for themselves but for their constituents whose welfare they purport to care so much about.
The state's Affirmation of Marriage Act, which takes effect in July, not only forbids the state from recognizing same-sex marriages or civil unions performed elsewhere but voids any private "partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage."
The virus, which has targeted hundreds of PC users in different areas, gives a message purporting to come from "eircom staff" or "management" warning the email service to subscribers is being "discontinued".
Had Lott been in academia, he would almost certainly have lost his job--as did Michael Bellesiles, the Bancroft Prize-winning liberal historian from Emory University, who resigned after a panel found he had faked data purporting to show that fewer Americans had actually possessed guns in the 19th century than historians had previously thought.
Claims made in a television documentary suggest an MI5 officer added his own words to a communication purporting to be from the republican movement in 1993.
In Miller, the Fifth Circuit held that a return signed in a taxpayer's name by one purporting to have authority and who, in fact, has authority, triggers the statute of limitations.