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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.

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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.

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putative XV. — (O)F. putatif or late L. putātīvus, f. pp. stem of L. putāre reckon, think; see -IVE.