From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Putative \Pu"ta*tive\, a. [L. putativus, fr. putare, putatum, to
   reckon, suppose, adjust, prune, cleanse. See Pure, and cf.
   Amputate, Compute, Dispute, Impute.]
   Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the
   putative father of a child. "His other putative (I dare not
   say feigned) friends." --E. Hall.
   [1913 Webster]

         Thus things indifferent, being esteemed useful or
         pious, became customary, and then came for reverence
         into a putative and usurped authority.   --Jer. Taylor.
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