Notes: I would never have guessed this meaning (but you might if you know Latin)
The word putative means
- commonly accepted or supposed
- assumed to exist of to have existed
This word has been around since the 1400s
Background / Comments
Our word comes from the Latin word putatus, the past participle of the verb putare (to consider; to think). The writeup I have says that our word is often used in legal contexts.