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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Location of alleged abuse was in Illinois in the 1970s. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "2 Catholic orders name 65 priests accused or convicted of abuse; 27 served in Arizona," 15 June 2019 Many dioceses around the country have been targeted by prosecutors demanding secret files, and a number of high-ranking church officials have become entangled in cases of alleged abuse or cover-ups. Washington Post, "Bishops OK anti-abuse steps, but skeptics seek tougher moves," 14 June 2019 Many dioceses around the country have been targeted by prosecutors demanding secret files, and a number of high-ranking church officials have become entangled in cases of alleged abuse or coverups. David Crary,, "Catholic bishops adopt long-promised abuse plan — for bishops to police bishops," 13 June 2019 There were nearly 39,000 alleged attacks in 2016, an increase of 12% over the previous year. Swati Gupta, CNN, "Kathua child rape and murder: Indian court finds six guilty in case that outraged nation," 10 June 2019 But a trial could be notable for prosecutors’ plan to try to use a new Maryland law that would enable them to bring in three more women as witnesses to recall similar alleged attacks by Kantor dating to 2007. Dan Morse,, "Four women say he raped them after they’d passed out. Will a new Maryland law enable all four to testify?," 10 June 2019 On top of that, one hotel is disputing the timeline of an alleged attack of a Delaware woman that also came out that week. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Dominican Republic faces tourist backlash after David Ortiz shooting, multiple deaths," 10 June 2019 The founder of Animal Recovery Mission provided some details Thursday on its investigation into Fair Oaks Farms and said a longer video expected to be released Friday will include more on alleged abuses at the agritourism business. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "More undercover video coming as Fair Oaks owner promises changes," 6 June 2019 The alleged kitten abuse took place in a parking lot in Mesa, about 20 miles east of Phoenix. Fox News, "Man puffed on cigarette after repeated kicks left kitten dazed and 'trembling': police," 6 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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