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 Reports of businesses engaging in alleged racist behavior on Yelp has increased since late May, when the police killing of George Floyd sparked protests across the US. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Yelp adds alerts for businesses accused of racism," 9 Oct. 2020 Investigators say the alleged plot was supposed to be set in motion in the days leading up to the election. Elizabeth Elkind, CBS News, "Whitmer's family had to be "moved around" for safety due to alleged kidnapping plot, Michigan AG says," 9 Oct. 2020 Details of the alleged plot were released Thursday by law enforcement. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Facebook approached FBI about Michigan militia six months ago," 9 Oct. 2020 The alleged plot against the governor marks the second major militia case brought by federal officials in Michigan in the last decade. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Militia group plotted to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, feds say," 8 Oct. 2020 The criminal complaint states that the alleged plot involved Whitmer and her second home in northern Michigan., "6 people charged in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer," 8 Oct. 2020 Two men faces charges in connection with an alleged plot to bomb or shoot at high-profile sites in the U.S., including the White House and Trump Tower in New York City, a federal complaint shows. NBC News, "2 alleged ISIS supporters in U.S. accused of plotting attacks on White House, Trump Tower," 26 Sep. 2020 Neither has spoken to the press since eBay’s alleged plot against them came to light. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal," 26 Sep. 2020 Women deal with behavior like this practically every moment of every day, so to see RSL make a small yet powerful gesture like that points not only to the character of the players, but also to a repudiation of Carroll’s alleged behavior. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Three Points: RSL gets a home crowd, team shows support for Utah Royals, Rossi plays more and makes impact," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of alleged

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for alleged

see allege

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The first known use of alleged was in 1509

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15 Oct 2020

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“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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