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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The alleged incidents took place from 2008 to 2011. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Photographer Bruce Weber faces more allegations of sexual misconduct from male models," 21 Dec. 2018 The alleged incidents included allowing intoxicated patrons to gather outside the bar and disturb the peace, serving alcohol to people to consume outside the bar and selling to patrons who were drunk. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Bikini Bottom making 'progress' in finding ways to stop illegal activity, West Dundee chief says," 19 June 2018 The trend in parts of Africa has been tweaking constitutions to get around or erase term limits, while elections often are marred by alleged fraud. Rodney Muhumuza, The Seattle Times, "Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave," 17 Dec. 2018 The boy was one of three teen suspects in a stolen BMW involved in a police chase at the time of the alleged assault. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Former Atlanta Police Officer Who Beat a Black Teenager on the Job Has Been Indicted for Assault," 12 Oct. 2018 Both men involved in the alleged assaults are still employed by WeWork, according to the suit. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "A former WeWork employee is suing the company over alleged sexual assaults fueled by ‘frat-boy culture’," 12 Oct. 2018 Majority of the video talked about Logan's fall out with Alissa Violet and his fight against FaZe Banks over an alleged assault that took place. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shane Dawson Releases First Part of "The Mind of Jake Paul" Series and It's Insane," 26 Sep. 2018 The dispute is over Charter's alleged noncompliance with broadband construction requirements. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "NY ordered Charter to leave the state—but Charter won’t go without fight," 1 Aug. 2018 His trial on six indictments stemming from the alleged fraud began Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Laura Crimaldi,, "Pam family members go on trial for allegedly scamming elderly siblings out of Mattapan home," 13 July 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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