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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Among them: an alleged drug dealer who accepts Venmo and a couple that got into a fight on Valentine’s Day. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "Drug Deals and Breakups: Venmo Social Feed Rankles Privacy Advocates," 7 Aug. 2018 Cassius Shakembe Williams, 20, and another unidentified man have been arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in the shooting deaths of two alleged drug dealers, according to a police report obtained by TMZ. Steve Helling,, "Son of Dallas Cowboys Legend Charged with Double-Murder," 19 June 2018 Roswell, New Mexico, on the CW, takes place in the desert community made famous by an alleged UFO crash. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Roswell, New Mexico Actress Lily Cowles Reveals Whether or Not She Believes in Aliens," 16 Jan. 2019 In fact, advertising volumes peaked in April of 2017 (when the US and allies launched cruise missile attacks against alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Massive scale of Russian election trolling revealed in draft Senate report," 17 Dec. 2018 The majority of the women were underage at the time of the alleged misconduct, according to Business Insider. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "8 Men Whose Sexual Misconduct Allegations Prove It's Long Been a Big Part of U.S. Politics," 12 Oct. 2018 And in the midst of Weinstein’s wave of accusers coming forward last year, the mogul was radio silent until actress Lupita Nyong’o shared her own account of his alleged misconduct towards her. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 On top of that, Williams walked away with two penalties and a hefty fine for three counts of alleged misconduct, including a coaching violation, racquet abuse, and verbal abuse towards an umpire. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "6 Things to Know About Naomi Osaka, the 2018 U.S. Open Women’s Singles Champion," 10 Sep. 2018 However, an old Gawker article, published in March 2013, could potentially suggest that the alleged misconduct Pambakian seeks to expose had been ongoing. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "The Tinder lawsuit is going to get nasty," 22 Aug. 2018

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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 \

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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