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

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The industry is also under continued pressure—and faces a growing number of lawsuits—over its alleged role in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Fortune, "Cardinal Health," 1 July 2019 Tens of thousands of alleged and actual Gulen supporters, most of whom played no role in the coup, have been thrown into jail. P.z. | Istanbul, The Economist, "In Turkey, demography is a brake on Islamisation," 1 July 2019 The board said billions of dollars of alleged overpayments from 2002 to 2015 led in part to the power company’s insolvency and caused it to slide deeper into debt, noting that fuel oil purchases are its single largest expense. Danica Coto,, "Puerto Rico oversight board accuses oil companies of fraud," 1 July 2019 Three years after the Environmental Protection Agency began investigating alleged diesel emission cheating in Mercedes-Benz cars, vehicle owners and environmentalists say the Trump administration appears to be allowing the inquiry to stall. Anna M. Phillips,, "As Europe orders a recall, EPA’s inquiry into Mercedes emissions drags on," 1 July 2019 Over several days, federal prosecutors have given the public a glimpse into the inner workings of what remains one of Texas’ most violent gangs, as authorities seek to convict two of its alleged members. Guillermo Contreras,, "Testimony at San Antonio trial highlights inner workings of the Texas Mexican Mafia," 1 July 2019 Three plant workers name in the suit Three plant workers are also named in the suit, highlighting the alleged dangers of working in the plant. Sarah Brookbank,, "Lawsuit: Residents near Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant have been 'sacrificial lambs'," 30 June 2019 Two teens were arrested in Novato Wednesday following an alleged repeat theft at the local Sephora. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "Teens arrested in Marin burglary may be linked to Bay Area thefts," 29 June 2019 The alleged mastermind in the shooting of former baseball star David Ortiz has been detained, the Dominican Republic attorney general's office confirmed to CBS News Friday. CBS News, "Alleged mastermind in David Ortiz shooting arrested," 28 June 2019

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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 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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