al·leged | \ ə-ˈlejd , -ˈle-jəd \

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 \-ˈle-jəd-lē \ adverb
She allegedly stole the money. [=she is alleged to have stolen the money]

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Due to alleged ties to extremist groups in Somalia, Eritrea has long been subject to UN sanctions, which Abiy’s government began advocating on Monday to have removed. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "After years of unrest, Ethiopia enters new era of openness," 11 July 2018 About 250 people condemned for alleged IS ties have been hanged since 2014, including 101 only last year. Hamza Hendawi, Washington Post, "A neighbor’s word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 About 250 people condemned for alleged IS ties have been hanged since 2014, including 101 only last year. Hamza Hendawi, Fox News, "A neighbor's word can bring death sentence in Iraq IS trials," 9 July 2018 In the latest wave of dismissals, announced Sunday, more than 18,000 state employees were stripped of their jobs for alleged ties to terror groups. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkish Leader Takes Oath With New Powers and High Ambitions," 9 July 2018 In 1986, Kurt Waldheim was inaugurated as president of Austria despite controversy over his alleged ties to Nazi war crimes., "This day in history," 8 July 2018 Garfield had been pursued at different points by dogged HUAC officials and by tabloid reporter Victor Riesel, who was threatening to publish an exposé of the actor and his alleged ties to a vast Communist conspiracy in Hollywood. Noah Isenberg, The New Republic, "Making the Movies Un-American," 3 July 2018 The country has been under a state of emergency since then, with more than 50,000 people imprisoned for alleged ties to terrorist groups. Umar Farooq,, "Turkey's President Erdogan embraces new powers as electoral council declares him election winner," 26 June 2018 That included an agreement with Huawei, which has already been under intense government scrutiny for potential cybersecurity risks due to its alleged ties to Beijing. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Why Facebook’s secret data-sharing deal with Huawei has the US concerned," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of alleged

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for alleged

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al·leged | \ ə-ˈlejd, -ˈle-jəd \

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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