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Alleged; supposed; reputed.

A putative father is the individual who is alleged to be the father of an illegitimate child.

A putative marriage is one that has been contracted in Good Faith and pursuant to ignorance, by one or both parties, that certain impediments exist to render it null and void.


adj. commonly believed, supposed or claimed. Thus a putative father is one believed to be the father unless proved otherwise, a putative marriage is one that is accepted as legal when in reality it was not lawful (e.g. due to failure to complete a prior divorce). A putative will is one that appears to be the final will but a later will is found that revokes it and shows that the putative will was not the last will of the deceased.


adjective acknowledged, alleged, assumed, attributed, avowed, believed, claimed, commonly considdred, conjectured, deemed, falsus, ostensible, presumed, presumptive, professed, purported, recognized, reported, reputed, speculative, supposed
Associated concepts: putative father, putative parent

PUTATIVE. Reputed to be that which is not. The word is frequently used, as putative father, (q.v.) putative marriage, putative wife, and the like. And Toullier, tome 7, n. 29, uses the words putative owner, proprietare putatif. Lord Kames uses the same expression. Princ. of Eq. 391.

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BEIRUT: French novelist Victor Hugo was putatively thinking about William Shakespeare when he wrote, in the 1860s, that "music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent.
In addition, a putatively public good is indivisible because if it is made available to one person, it must unavoidably be made available to everyone.
In Rist's analysis, the sheer plentitude of forms of commemoration in putatively reformed plays is evidence that the plays enact a Catholic longing.
In the Boston case, numerous witnesses testified that a putatively "terrified victim" trapped my client in a car in a driveway, reached in the driver's side window and punched him repeatedly in the testicles.
Putatively endangered incumbents John Murtha and Chris Carney cruised to reelection with margins well over 50 percent.
Social conservatives and so-called paleoconservatives, putatively united by the principles of upholding and valorizing traditional religion, family, and nation, as well as a real work-ethic and strict law and order, do indeed have much in common.
Thus, for instance, where some scholars have stressed the putatively organic harmony between patron and artist (Marc Fumaroli), others have seen self-interest and competition (Sharon Kettering), And while Alain Viala's influential account takes patronage to be a fundamental obstacle to the creation of a literary field, Christian Jouhaud contends that it actually enhanced the autonomy of writers.
In other words, to proceed from an analysis of the specific operations of the brain to their putatively psychological correlates is just not conceptually acceptable, according to Bennett and Hacker.
As we do the work of bridge building and improving our host citizens' lives, if the people providing our transportation and security are antagonizing, angering and even killing the people we are putatively trying to help, our entire mission is undermined.
In this paper the author reexamines Aristotle's analysis of putatively "mixed acts" in Nicomachean Ethics III, 1, maintaining that Aristotle denies that there are acts that are (i) voluntary under the circumstances, (ii) right, all things considered, under the circumstances, but nevertheless (iii) shameful or wrong for moral or prudential reasons under the circumstances.
Sequence traces of these putatively mixed infections exhibited two overlapping peaks at all the nucleotide positions that distinguished Rbc*a and *b.
Amodio notes that 'oralists now address directly what was long seen to be oral-formulaic theory's crippling paradox: namely, that putatively oral (and oral-derived) works such as the Iliad and Beowulf [.

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