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 \ 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 And in October, law enforcement arrested a number of men, some affiliated with militias, connected to an alleged plot to abduct Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Depressing Whiplash of the Senate’s Capitol Riot Hearing," 23 Feb. 2021 Last fall, six men were charged in an alleged plot to kidnap the Democratic governor. John Flesher, Detroit Free Press, "Gun display during Zoom call reveals racial undercurrent in Traverse City," 22 Feb. 2021 Four defendants — Lolita Lebron, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero and Irving Flores Rodriguez — and 13 others were charged with seditious conspiracy for an alleged plot that included groups in New York City, Chicago and Puerto Rico. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "After Oath Keepers charges, could feds accuse Capitol attackers of conspiring to overthrow U.S. government?," 19 Feb. 2021 Moise told reporters the alleged plot began on Nov. 20. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Twenty arrested as Haiti's president alleges plot to kill him and overthrow government," 7 Feb. 2021 White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed during a Thursday press briefing about the administration’s alleged consideration of a domestic travel ban. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, "Florida Gov. DeSantis calls threats of domestic travel ban ‘unconstitutional, unwise and unjust’," 12 Feb. 2021 An alleged member of the Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia group, was waiting for a signal from former President Donald Trump to attack the U.S. Capitol last month, according to the Justice Department. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "DOJ: Oath Keepers members waited on Trump signal before Capitol siege," 11 Feb. 2021 Each amount was deposited in separate accounts, owned by Azuonwu and an alleged accomplice, Basil Amadi. Billboard, "Catfisher Pretending to Be Bruno Mars Scams Texas Woman Out of $100,000," 10 Feb. 2021 Kacy Clemens and Conner Capel, the sons of former big league pitchers Roger Clemens and Mike Capel, won $3.24 million in their lawsuit over an alleged assault at Washington Avenue bar Concrete Cowboy in 2019. Matt Young, Chron, "Conner Capel, Kacy Clemens - son of Roger - awarded $3.24 million in lawsuit against bar," 7 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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