I already understand and so ask NOT about the definition, below which I want to burrow. I heed the Etymological Fallacy. Please beware that I replicate the noun(al) etymology from Etymonline, and not the verbal because the verbal just refers you back to the noun(al).

OED Etymology for purport {verb} : < Anglo-Norman and Middle French purporter
(of a text) to have as its import, to signify, to mean, to state or show (a fact) (all first half of the 14th cent. or earlier in Anglo-Norman ;
end of the 13th cent. or earlier in Anglo-Norman in sense ‘(of a word) to mean, signify’;
late 12th cent. in Old French as porporter in sense ‘to involve (as an obligation)’)
< post-classical Latin proportare to carry or bear forth (8th cent. in past participle proportatus ), to stretch, extend (from 12th cent. in British sources; from 13th cent. in continental sources; also as porportare ), to have as its import (from c1200 in British sources; also as porportare )
< classical Latin PRO- (prefix)1 + portāre PORT v.2, perhaps as a remodelling of classical Latin praeportāre to carry in front, in post-classical Latin also to stretch, extend (in an undated source in Du Cange)
< prae- PRE- (prefix) + portāre . Compare proport v.

Etymonline for purport {noun} : early 15c., from Anglo-French purport (late 13c.), Old French porport "contents, tenor," back-formation from purporter "to contain, convey, carry," from pur- (from Latin pro- "forth;" see pur-) + Old French porter "to carry," from Latin portare "to carry" (see port (n.1)).

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    If all you can confidently assert is that something is purported, then you can't say it's true, and you have your suspicions. This is a Gricean interpretation -- it follows from the Maxim of Quantity: Say as much as you know that is true. If that's all you know that's true, it's a dubious proposition. And it doesn't connote "negativity" -- it's not a negative -- rather, it connotes doubt. – John Lawler Feb 26 '15 at 4:35
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    The preposition that follows the word is everything. In 1949, purportedly, as "allegedly", followed "purport to", as "claim to". see books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=purport+*&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t2%3B%2Cpurport%20%2A%3B%2Cc0%3B%2Cs0%3B%3Bpurport%20of%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20to%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20and%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20was%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20is%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20as%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20in%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20or%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20that%3B%2Cc0%3B%3Bpurport%20are%3B%2Cc0 – ScotM Feb 26 '15 at 5:13

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