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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In January, Paul sparked severe outrage over a controversial video that appeared to show the body of an alleged suicide victim in Japan. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Chloe Bennet Confirms She's Dating Logan Paul as She Defends the Controversial YouTube Star," 12 July 2018 Testimony in the preliminary hearing will continue Thursday; the second of two alleged rape victims is expected to take the stand. Teri Figueroa,, "Accusers fail to identify Winslow II in court," 11 July 2018 Experts interviewed by IndyStar said the investigation was flawed because investigators did not contact Hill and any efforts to corroborate alleged victims' statements appeared to be minimal. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Curtis Hill scandal threatens his future — and stability in Indiana Statehouse," 8 July 2018 The Globe reported earlier this month that a federal grand jury was investigating the alleged theft of overtime pay and other misconduct involving members of the State Police. Shelley Murphy,, "Three Mass. state troopers arrested in overtime fraud probe," 27 June 2018 The market recovered when Peter Navarro, one of President Donald Trump’s top trade advisers, told CNBC that there was no plan for investment restrictions and that the administration’s probe into alleged technology theft is limited to China. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Global stocks mixed, Chinese market enters bear market," 26 June 2018 Lawyers in Florence recently sought to ask if two alleged rape victims wore underwear. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Are You Too Old to Have Been Sexually Harassed? In Italy, Maybe," 14 June 2018 Dozens of people have been arrested and are facing charges over the alleged theft. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Kenyan President orders top officials to take lie-detector tests in corruption crackdown," 2 June 2018 The judge agreed that warrant information regarding DeAngelo's alleged murder victims, starting with Brian and Katie Maggiore, who were killed in Rancho Cordova in 1978, can be released. Sam Stanton And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "Judge clears path for release of East Area Rapist documents," 1 June 2018

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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 \

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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