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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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BEIRUT: A Shiite militia has denied any connection to a viral video that purports to show its fighters committing a wartime atrocity in Iraq.
The DFSA said that if a firm purports to offer financial services from the DIFC and is not recorded on the Public Register 'then you should not deal with it'.
Fame + Architecture purports to investigate the relationships between fame and architecture in a series of articles that include interviews with the famous and not so famous (but given the publicity of this volume probably soon to be more famous), and various apparently critical discourses on aspects of fame.
A document is a valid return if (1) there is sufficient data to calculate the tax liability; (2) the document purports to be a return; (3) there is an honest and reasonable attempt to satisfy tax law requirements; and (4) a taxpayer executes the return under penalties of perjury.
Unfortunately, some of the iconographic connections which Lewine proposes are so extraordinarily subtle that even the learned pope and his court might have had difficulty navigating the associative labyrinth which she purports to discern.
461(h) proposed regulations as they relate to COGS, a court may find that it is out of harmony with the spirit or purpose of the provision it purports to implement.