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

Other Words from alleged

allegedly \ ə-​ˈle-​jəd-​lē How to pronounce alleged (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 Some legal experts believe their reaction was because Heard referencing past instances of alleged abuse in this case opens the door for Depp's team to do the same – and Heard has prior domestic abuse charges against her. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Amber Heard took the stand today and tearfully described alleged abuse by her ex-husband Johnny Depp, who is suing her for defamation. Melissa Locker, Time, 4 May 2022 Prosecutors lay out evidence of Heard's alleged abuse, while the defense focuses on Depp's past drug and alcohol use, text messages and recordings, claiming Depp perpetrated the violence. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 In the course of investigating the fire, authorities found evidence of alleged abuse and neglect, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Henri Hollis, ajc, 26 Apr. 2022 In the five years since David Meehan first came forward about his years of alleged abuse at the hands of YDC staffers, authorities have begun to pay attention. Laura Crimaldi,, 22 Apr. 2022 Against the background of alleged abuse was the stress of a high-stakes and ambitious workplace as Reinhardt’s team pursued multimillion-dollar federal contracts. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 Several people accused him of harassment and intimidation, with dozens more describing his alleged abuse at the company. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Apr. 2022 The trial included several days of testimony from both Depp and Heard, covering 14 separate incidents of alleged abuse. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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