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supposed adj
1 firmly believed; "the way things are supposed to be" [syn: supposed(p)]
2 mistakenly believed; "the supposed existence of ghosts" [syn: supposed(a)]
3 commonly put forth or accepted as true on inconclusive grounds; "the foundling's putative father"; "the reputed (or purported) author of the book"; "the supposed date of birth" [syn: putative(a), purported(a), reputed(a), supposed(a)]
4 designed to; "medication that is supposed to relieve pain"; "what's that gadget supposed to do?" [syn: supposed(a)]
5 doubtful or suspect; "these so-called experts are no help" [syn: alleged(a), so-called]
6 required or under orders; "I'm supposed to be there at ten"; "he was supposed to go to the store" [syn: supposed(p)]
7 based primarily on surmise rather than adequate evidence; "theories about the extinction of dinosaurs are still highly conjectural"; "the supposed reason for his absence"; "suppositious reconstructions of dead languages"; "supposititious hypotheses" [syn: conjectural, divinatory, suppositional, suppositious, supposititious]

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  • (verb form):
    • (RP): /səˈpəʊzd/, /s@"p@Uzd/
    • (US): səpōzd', /səˈpoʊzd/, /s@"poUzd/
  • (adjective):
    • (RP): /səˈpəʊzɪd/, /s@"p@UzId/
    • (US): səpō'zĭd, /səˈpoʊzɪd/, /s@"poUzId/


  1. past of suppose


  1. Presumed to be true, but without proof
    Jesus is the supposed son of God.


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