#1
Was listening to the radio and heard something about how a composition was "purported* to be written by Frederick the Great, King of Prussia." This started me thinking about why they chose to use that word. Would using another word have meant more or less stock in the truth of that statement?

How would you rank these words in terms of strength and veracity? Please order them from conveying the most truth to the most uncertain.

Purported
Supposed
Alleged
Reputed
Reported


Does changing these words to adverbs have an impact on how you'd rank them?

*Emphasis mine
#2
Alleged
Reported
Reputed
Supposed
Purported

Maybe because I've never heard purported before.
#3
Reported
Alleged
Reputed
Supposed
Purported
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#4
I would say:

Supposed (highest probability of being true)
Reported
Purported
Reputed
Alleged (lowest probability of being true)

the last three being very close.

English isn't my native language, though, and only supposed and alleged have equivalent words in my native language.

EDIT: Actually, switch Reported and Supposed around.
Last edited by sickman411 at Jun 26, 2013,
#6
Supposed
Reputed
Alleged/Purported
Reported

(weakest to strongest)
the only reason why i put 'supposed' and 'reputed' is because of the connotations they often come with when used in regular conversation.
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#7
Reported
Alleged
Reputed
Supposed
Purported

From strongest to weakest
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#9
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Purported
Supposed
Alleged
Reputed
Reported



Reputed doesn't even make sense I'm just going to omit it.


Reported

And then three-way tie:

Alleged/purported/supposed*

*It really depends on paralanguage, as in, how you say it, and what inflection you use.

EDIT: Nvm, reputed is fine, it just sounds weird to me for some reason. Probably 1 step below reported.
Last edited by beadhangingOne at Jun 26, 2013,
#11
4. Purported
3. Supposed
1. Alleged
5. Reputed
2. Reported
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#14
I mean, clearly that are synonyms. That's why I chose these words, but you can't say that you don't think there is a difference in the level of validity that they imply.

And "alleged" is all over the place. Weird.
#15
I don't think any of those have a real difference in implied truth value. They all basically mean "according to someone, XYZ."