Difficult Words:

Putative and Purported

Difficult Words : Putative and Purported

Purported (pur PORT id) adj: rumored, claimed

The heiress is purported to have been kidnapped by adventurers and buried in a concrete vault beneath the busiest intersection in Times Square. No one believes this story except the psychic who was consulted by the police.

To purport something is to claim or allege it.

Putative (PYOO tuh tive) adj: commonly accepted, supposed, reputed

The putative reason for placing the monument downtown is that nobody had wanted it uptown.

When you use the word putative, you emphasize that the reason is only supposed, not proven.

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