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Reputed vs. Supposed

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Reputedverb

simple past tense and past participle of repute

Supposedverb

simple past tense and past participle of suppose

Reputedadjective

Accorded a reputation.

‘1904 The other young ladies of Sulaco stood in awe of her character and accomplishments. She was reputed to be terribly learned and serious. — Joseph Conrad, Nostromo [https://web.archive.org/web/20140811201712/http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=%2Ftexts%2Fenglish%2Fmodeng%2Fpublicsearch%2Fmodengpub.o2w Part 2, Chapter 1.]’;

Supposedadjective

Presumed to be true, but without proof

‘Jesus is the supposed son of God.’;

Reputedadjective

Supposed or assumed to be true.

‘1859 Mr H. C. Watson has marked for me in the well-sifted London Catalogue of plants (4th edition) 63 plants which are therein ranked as species, but which he considers as so closely allied to other species as to be of doubtful value: these 63 reputed species range on an average over 6.9 of the provinces into which Mr Watson has divided Great Britain. — Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species, [https://web.archive.org/web/20140811201712/http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=%2Ftexts%2Fenglish%2Fmodeng%2Fpublicsearch%2Fmodengpub.o2w Chapter 2.]’;

Supposedadjective

(with infinitive) Generally considered or expected.

‘The movie is supposed to be good.’;

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Reputedadjective

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’;

Supposedadjective

(with infinitive) Having an obligation.

‘You are not supposed to smoke in the restaurant. [Note: this means, you are obliged not to smoke.]’; ‘The phone is supposed to come with a manual.’;

Supposedadjective

(with infinitive) Intended.

‘The phone is supposed to save us time.''’;

Supposedadjective

firmly believed;

‘the way things are supposed to be’;

Supposedadjective

mistakenly believed;

‘the supposed existence of ghosts’;

Supposedadjective

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’;

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Supposedadjective

designed to;

‘medication that is supposed to relieve pain’; ‘what's that gadget supposed to do?’;

Supposedadjective

doubtful or suspect;

‘these so-called experts are no help’;

Supposedadjective

required or under orders;

‘I'm supposed to be there at ten’; ‘he was supposed to go to the store’;

Supposedadjective

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’;

Supposedadjective

generally assumed or believed to be the case, but not necessarily so

‘people admire their supposed industriousness’;

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