sup·posed /səˈpozd; ||ˈpozəd, ||ˈpost/
Sup·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supposed p. pr. & vb. n. Supposing.]
1. To represent to one's self, or state to another, not as true or real, but as if so, and with a view to some consequence or application which the reality would involve or admit of; to imagine or admit to exist, for the sake of argument or illustration; to assume to be true; as, let us suppose the earth to be the center of the system, what would be the result?
Suppose they take offence without a cause. --Shak.
When we have as great assurance that a thing is, as we could possibly, supposing it were, we ought not to make any doubt of its existence. --Tillotson.
2. To imagine; to believe; to receive as true.
How easy is a bush supposed a bear! --Shak.
Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men, the king's sons; for Amnon only is dead. --2 Sam. xiii. 32.
3. To require to exist or to be true; to imply by the laws of thought or of nature; as, purpose supposes foresight.
One falsehood always supposes another, and renders all you can say suspected. --Female Quixote.
4. To put by fraud in the place of another. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To imagine; believe; conclude; judge; consider; view; regard; conjecture; assume.
adj 1: firmly believed; "the way things are supposed to be" [syn: supposed(p)]
2: mistakenly believed; "the supposed existence of ghosts"
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),
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]