Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the putative father of a child. "His other putative (I dare not say feigned) friends." "Thus things indifferent, being esteemed useful or pious, became customary, and then came for reverence into a putative and usurped authority." (Jer. Taylor)

Origin: L. Putativus, fr. Putare, putatum, to reckon, suppose, adjust, prune, cleanse. See Pure, and cf. Amputate, Compute, Dispute, Impute.

(01 Mar 1998)