al·​leged | \ ə-ˈlejd How to pronounce alleged (audio) , -ˈle-jəd How to pronounce alleged (audio) \

Definition of alleged

1 : accused but not proven or convicted an alleged burglar
2 : asserted to be true or to exist an alleged miracle an alleged conspiracy
3 : questionably true or of a specified kind : supposed, so-called bought an alleged antique vase

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Other Words from alleged

allegedly \ -​ˈle-​jəd-​lē How to pronounce allegedly (audio) \ adverb
She allegedly stole the money. [=she is alleged to have stolen the money]

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The alleged abuse began when Robson was 7 and Safechuck was 10. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michael Jackson's Defenders Remind Us to Also Believe Men," 13 Mar. 2019 Investigators have reportedly been reaching out to those involved in the mini-series, including survivors of his alleged abuse. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "R. Kelly Is Reportedly Under Criminal Investigation," 8 Jan. 2019 The diocese is currently investigating six priests for alleged abuse. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Even more states have launched investigations into clerical abuse since the Pennsylvania report," 24 Oct. 2018 India's top court on Friday, Sept. 28, rejected pleas by five rights activists that they be freed a month after being arrested for alleged links to Maoist rebels. Fox News, "India's top court refuses to release 5 rights activists," 28 Sep. 2018 More than 75,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to Gulen. NBC News, "Turkey sacks thousands through emergency decree as Erdogan cements power," 8 July 2018 Jonathan Hatami that seeks to establish a long-standing pattern of alleged child abuse. Garrett Therolf,, "Anthony Avalos was extensively tortured over days before dying, prosecutors allege," 4 July 2018 Ohio State’s investigation into Strauss and the alleged abuse came as a result of DiSabato coming forward, NBC reported. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Congressman Denies He Knew About Alleged Sexual Abuse When He Was a Coach at Ohio State," 4 July 2018 In an excerpt from Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View, Jenny wrote about Whoopi's alleged power struggle with Barbara. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The View's Former Co-Host Jenny McCarthy SLAMS Whoopi Goldberg in New “Tell-All” Book," 21 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of alleged

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for alleged

see allege

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al·​leged | \ ə-ˈlejd, -ˈle-jəd How to pronounce alleged (audio) \

Legal Definition of alleged

1 : asserted to be true especially : stated in an allegation alleged crimes
2 : accused but not yet proven or convicted trial of alleged war criminals— R. G. Neumann

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