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So I was doing a bit of writing and ended up using the phrase "long-thought" (as in, "a technique long-thought forgotten" or "people long-thought incapable of using magic"). I ended up using it quite a few times and was wondering if anyone can come up with another phrase with the same (or a very similar) meaning so that I won't constantly be using the same word. Thanks to anyone who can help!

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Synonyms to the rescue. The term is Believed to be. The Coelacanth was believed to be extinct until one showed up off the coast of Madagascar.

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Received knowledge was that Trump was not a serious candidate.

I learned this phrase from listening to BBC news programs. It means what was popularly believed.

You can also use that: popularly believed. For example:

At one time, it was popularly believed that Mars was criss-crossed with canals.

The common or popular conception was that etc.

You can also try

people previously thought [to be] incapable of using magic

In other words, leave out "long." (This "to be" is optional.)

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