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]

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The report delivered Wednesday by law firm Clarence Dyer & Cohen LLP, which the city of Oakland had hired last year to investigate alleged misconduct and the Oakland Police Department’s response, highlighted two cases. Rebecca Ellisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2023 Monastyrsky’s staff had been focusing on investigating alleged war crimes committed by Russian forces as part of the invasion. Volodymyr Verbyany, Fortune, 18 Jan. 2023 Alex’s alleged financial crimes had extended far beyond misappropriating office funds. James Lasdun, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 The cast includes past Flanagan collaborators Bruce Greenwood (taking over from Frank Langella, who was fired for alleged misconduct), Carla Gugino, Rahul Kohli, and Kate Siegel, as well as Mary McDonnell, Willa Fitzgerald, and Mark Hamill. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 2 Jan. 2023 Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson dismissed eight out of 10 claims late Monday but allowed two counts to proceed pertaining to alleged intentional misconduct affecting ballot printers and ballot chain of custody on Election Day. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 20 Dec. 2022 Finchem also cited other alleged misconduct, suggesting that the late October suspension of his Twitter account was likely due to Hobbs' interference. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Arizona Republic, 16 Dec. 2022 The extent of Hinkle’s alleged misconduct and his subsequent rise to the upper ranks of the Bureau of Prisons has never been revealed. Michael R. Sisak And Michael Balsamo, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Dec. 2022 Khan's resignation came about a year after James' office issued a scathing report on former Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s alleged misconduct with women. Louis Casiano, Fox News, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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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 28 Jan. 2023.

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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