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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Now On its website, the company explains how Biotulin works, crediting spilanthol, a local anaesthetic extracted from Acmella oleracea, with the product's alleged muscle-relaxing effect. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Reportedly Swears by a $64 Natural Anti-Wrinkle Gel Called Biotulin," 2 Feb. 2019 Even if the alleged steam room benefits haven’t been proven, there’s not a ton of downsides. SELF, "Does the Steam Room at the Gym Actually Do Anything?," 4 Jan. 2019 During the questioning portion of Ford’s hearing, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy asked her what her strongest memory of the alleged attack is. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "Why Assault Memories are 'Indelible' for Some Survivors and Other Details May Be Lacking," 28 Sep. 2018 The alleged corruption is a labyrinthine scheme that involves the Tallahassee community development agency and some people close to Gillum. Dylan Scott, Vox, "How racist robocalls and an FBI inquiry are shaking up the Florida governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 But what came next was far from black-and-white: Who gets punished for alleged ISIS ties and crimes, and who goes free? Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 The case is based on an investigation by the Argentine newspaper La Nacion into alleged corruption over more than a decade during the governments of former President Cristina Fernandez and her late husband and predecessor, Nestor Kirchner. Fox News, "Argentina corruption case: Businessman admits payments," 6 Aug. 2018 Police accused Mears of strangling the same man on Wednesday, just two days before her second alleged attack, KFBB reported. Josh Magness, sacbee, "She hid in her ex's house — and held a machete while forcing him to have sex, Montana cops say," 26 June 2018 Netanyahu also faces several police investigations into alleged corruption, including accepting expensive gifts from billionaire friends., "Wife of Benjamin Netanyahu charged with fraud, breach of trust," 21 June 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 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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