alleged

adjective
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 \ -​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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Stuttgart's authorities turning on Porsche at a critical time for the company, and placing the blame for alleged disproportionate payments solely on Porsche and not the recipient, proves yet again that times have really changed for German companies. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Porsche CEO's Office Raided by German Prosecutors," 29 May 2019 The original complaint outlining the charges against Winslow II points to five alleged offenses since March. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Accusers fail to identify Winslow II in court," 11 July 2018 But for more serious alleged crimes, the ban can take effect after the first arrest. Ted Andersen, SFChronicle.com, "Two-thirds of people banned from BART are black — and agency isn’t asking why," 6 July 2018 Extradition from New Zealand to the United States requires a showing that the alleged offense is considered a serious criminal offense under both US and New Zealand law. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "NZ court rules Kim Dotcom can be extradited to US on copyright charges," 5 July 2018 Manafort is still arguing that no trial should occur in Virginia because his alleged crimes, which relate to his work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine, have nothing to do with the 2016 campaign. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Special counsel has questions for potential Paul Manafort jurors," 21 June 2018 The investigation also revealed that the U.S. government has paid over $60 million in legal settlements to cover claims against the agency in which border agents were involved in deaths, driving injuries, alleged assaults, and wrongful detention. Lauren Bohn, Marie Claire, "Who Killed Claudia Gomez?," 2 May 2019 In addition to the financial damages, the alleged fraud also cost NASA years of scientific experiments with their weather satellites and led to the discontinuation of the Taurus XL rocket used for the launches. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Says Two of Its Rockets Failed Because of Metals Fraud," 1 May 2019 Amidst all the talk of how the announcement will be made and whether the nursery will be eco-friendly, the alleged detail that the Duchess of Sussex is working with a doula is perhaps the most intriguing. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Ways a Doula Can Transform the Birthing Process for Moms-to-Be," 30 Apr. 2019

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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

adjective
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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