Definition of supposedly in English:

supposedly

adverb

sentence adverb
  • According to what is generally assumed or believed (often used to indicate that the speaker doubts the truth of the statement)

    ‘there were rumours of a rift between him and his colleagues, supposedly because they were jealous of his relationship with the Duchess’
    • ‘The first indication it had supposedly happened was a look of frozen horror as he took his first bite.’
    • ‘Even areas that are supposedly protected are absurdly abused, the dossier alleges.’
    • ‘Believe it or not, these supposedly silly methods can make all the difference.’
    • ‘That one arm of a supposedly free press would do this to another is irony indeed.’
    • ‘What's worse is when these people are supposedly your elders and betters and making such a public show of it.’
    • ‘As with so many sports, the dawn of a new century brought nostalgia for a supposedly vanished golden age.’
    • ‘Prehistoric art shows magical rites which supposedly ensured successful hunting.’
    • ‘For an economy that has supposedly abolished boom and bust, those are pretty big moves and of the bust type.’
    • ‘It's the Americans who want the end of February to be the final of a series of supposedly final deadlines.’
    • ‘It's supposedly a true story from a young boy who managed to escape the slums by becoming a photographer.’
    • ‘This is supposedly all in the name of improved efficiency and reduced costs.’
    • ‘The result on screen is a form of animation but supposedly with realistic movements and emotions.’
    • ‘Traffic numbers have supposedly been monitored, but does anyone really know what it is like?’
    • ‘The rudiments of a police force now exist, supposedly being trained by Germans.’
    • ‘Worst of all, a company with supposedly growing sales was actually slipping backwards.’
    • ‘Time and again, the club have been supposedly on the brink of selling off their antiquated ground.’
    • ‘Even the policemen who arrived there supposedly on the call of duty turned a blind eye.’
    • ‘Should a supposedly neutral information source be making such editorial judgments?’
    • ‘Anyway, all of the supposedly positive aspects of autumn are dragged up by us as September kicks in.’
    • ‘Last night's attack came in the form of a message supposedly from one of her friends.’
    supposedly, seemingly, apparently, allegedly, reportedly, professedly, ostensibly, on the face of it, to all appearances, on the surface, to all intents and purposes, outwardly, superficially, purportedly, nominally, by its own account, by one's own account, on paper

Pronunciation

supposedly

/səˈpəʊzɪdli/