pu·ta·tive / ˈpyoōtətiv/ • adj. generally considered or reputed to be: the putative father of a boy of two.DERIVATIVES: pu·ta·tive·ly adv.
Alleged; supposed; reputed.
A putative father is the individual who is alleged to be the father of an illegitimate child.
A putative marriage is one that has been contracted in good faith and pursuant to ignorance, by one or both parties, that certain impediments exist to render it null and void.