Meaning of supposed in English:


Pronunciation /səˈpəʊzd/

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  • Generally assumed or believed to be the case, but not necessarily so.

    ‘people admire their supposed industriousness’
    • ‘Some have retreated to the supposed safety of the Green Zone.’
    • ‘Mr Logan referred to our supposed selfish genes, a term he took from evolutionary biologist, Steven Dawkins.’
    • ‘One of the Biblical stories that forms a central part of creationist beliefs is the supposed universal flood of Genesis.’
    • ‘The legitimation stage involves getting approval for the plan, and winning support from the community by demonstrating supposed benefits from the plan.’
    • ‘But in the past year, multiple members of the same family have sued us for supposed discrimination.’
    • ‘"The Passion of the Christ" also includes an invented scene in which Pilate laments his supposed dilemma.’
    • ‘"A lot of times, two supposed wrongs do make a right," says Leadbetter.’
    • ‘He is simply too much of a freak, and his supposed childhood trauma too specialized and contrived, for us to take him seriously.’
    • ‘Peter just barely escapes the attack, while Peter's supposed friend Childress (Cassavetes), also a government agent, whisks Robin away.’
    • ‘As a consequence both clerical and secular moralists felt able to criticize fashion on the grounds of the supposed morality or immorality of clothing and personal adornment.’
    • ‘A further reason for not assessing the Lewisham Gateway site as being accessible is the supposed aim of the developer to provide for a higher provider use.’
    • ‘Christians ignore the real source of the supposed power of homeopathy - an unmeasurable, undefined (no one says exactly what it is) mystical "energy."’
    • ‘I bet they'd be easier to find than the supposed alleged secret cache of biological and chemical weapons.’
    • ‘The most hair-raising, perhaps, is a purge of supposed felons from the voter rolls that denied political rights to thousands of innocent citizens, most of whom were African-American.’
    • ‘In particular, Richard Skinner is dubious about the President's supposed improvement among urban dwellers.’
    • ‘But as someone under the age of 30, who grew up in London, I find that the supposed golden age before mass immigration is somewhat alien.’
    • ‘McClure worked as a pastor in Indianapolis's southeast neighborhoods from the early 1970s through the 1990s, and he also noticed a pattern to southerners' supposed transience.’
    apparent, seeming, alleged, putative, reputed, rumoured, claimed, purported, ostensible, specious
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