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

Examples of alleged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And nobody asked, until a lawyer investigating alleged abuses by the same priest prompted him to break his then 33-year silence. Anchorage Daily News, "Church offers little outreach to minority victims of priests," 6 Jan. 2020 Tiffany Hawkins shares her story Kelly's pattern of alleged abuse began with a girl named Tiffany Hawkins. Ineye Komonibo,, "What We Learned From Surviving R. Kelly II: The Reckoning," 4 Jan. 2020 Protesters’ demands have since expanded to include universal suffrage and a probe into alleged police abuses., "News of the Day From Around the World," 30 Dec. 2019 Trump's return to Michigan — a key battleground state in the 2020 election cycle — comes as the House of Representatives prepared for a historic vote Wednesday on the Trump's impeachment for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Attorney General William Barr announces new violent crime initiative for Detroit," 18 Dec. 2019 Coach Mike Babcock was accused of verbal abuse after he was fired by the underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago assistant Marc Crawford is being investigated for alleged physical abuse of players., "DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars fired second-year coach Jim Montgomery on Tuesday, citing unspecified unprofessional conduct in a surprising blow to one of the preseason favorites in the NHL’s Western Conference.," 12 Dec. 2019 Belcher was arrested, and another suspect who filmed the alleged abuse was interviewed as well. oregonlive, "Man arrested in Harney County after video shows him riding a buck trapped inside a fence, police say," 11 Dec. 2019 Coach Mike Babcock was accused of verbal abuse after he was fired by the underperforming Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago assistant Marc Crawford is being investigated for alleged physical abuse of players. Schuyler Dixon, The Denver Post, "Jim Montgomery, former DU Pioneers coach, fired as head coach of Dallas Stars due to “unprofessional conduct”," 10 Dec. 2019 Details of when and where the alleged abuse happened were not released. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Dutch dad accused of keeping kids on isolated farm charged with sex abuse," 29 Nov. 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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The first known use of alleged was in 1509

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17 Jan 2020

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“Alleged.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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