al·​leged ə-ˈlejd How to pronounce alleged (audio) -ˈle-jəd How to pronounce alleged (audio)
: accused but not proven or convicted
an alleged burglar
: asserted to be true or to exist
an alleged miracle
an alleged conspiracy
: questionably true or of a specified kind : supposed, so-called
bought an alleged antique vase
allegedly adverb
She allegedly stole the money. [=she is alleged to have stolen the money]

Examples of alleged in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the alleged co-conspirators who was caught posted a video that evening of a police car blasting its warning lights, apparently as seen from the passenger-side rearview mirror of the car being pursued. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 The statement referred to the alleged victim only as K.K., but he was identified by WLWT, WCPO and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for alleged 

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Word History


see allege

First Known Use

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of alleged was in 1509

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Cite this Entry

“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Legal Definition


: asserted to be true
especially : stated in an allegation
alleged crimes
: accused but not yet proven or convicted
trial of alleged war criminalsR. G. Neumann
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