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 \ ə-​ˈle-​jəd-​lē How to pronounce allegedly (audio) \ 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 He was fired by Rupert Murdoch and sons for his alleged behavior. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Fox News can't get its message straight on hydroxychloroquine," 19 May 2020 Congressional Democrats say Linick’s office was investigating Pompeo for alleged misuse of Department staffers and Trump’s 2019 declaration of a state of emergency to sell $8.1 billion in U.S. arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. John Walcott, Time, "Trump's Firing of State Department Inspector General Is Just the Latest In a Rolling Purge," 19 May 2020 That shouldn’t get lost in debating Farrow’s alleged sins of journalism. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Ronan Farrow Is Not a “Resistance” Journalist," 19 May 2020 Democrats consider the ouster a retaliatory act; Linick was reportedly looking into Pompeo's alleged misuse of a department appointee to perform personal tasks for him and his wife. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: May 17, 2020," 17 May 2020 Baker turned himself over to police on Saturday after authorities in Florida issued arrest warrants for him and Seattle Seahawks’ Quinton Dunbar for their alleged involvement in an armed robbery last week. Fox News, "Giants' Deandre Baker set to be released on bail after alleged armed robbery, reports say," 17 May 2020 Linick, a 2013 Obama appointee who has criticized department leadership for alleged retribution toward staffers, will be replaced by Stephen Akard, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Friday. Hannah Knowles,, "Top Democrats launch investigation into late-night firing of the State Department inspector general," 17 May 2020 French police arrested the alleged financier of the Rwandan genocide, as a sweep of an apartment near Paris ended a manhunt that lasted more than two decades. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Alleged Financier of Rwandan Genocide Arrested in France," 16 May 2020 The rumors about the alleged relationship, which Eubanks and Wash have both denied, were reported earlier this week on Dave Quinn,, "Ashley Jacobs Slams Exited Southern Charm Stars as They Turn on Kathryn Dennis: 'Cowards'," 15 May 2020

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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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The first known use of alleged was in 1509

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22 May 2020

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“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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