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 alleged (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 Four Corners spoke with over 100 current and former Sony Australia employees leading up to the documentary, including several former executives who left the company over Handlin’s alleged behavior. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 12 Oct. 2021 The Chicago and New York federal cases don't share any victims, but are likely to feature several overlapping elements, from potential witnesses to the alleged criminal behavior, according to WBEZ Chicago. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 11 Oct. 2021 Before Effie came forward, multiple women also spoke up to accuse Hammer of alleged abusive behavior and violent fantasies. Greta Bjornson,, 11 Oct. 2021 In addition to being accused of facilitating a cover-up of Riley’s alleged behavior, Wilkinson has been accused of promoting a culture of silence at the Thorns. Caitlin Murray, oregonlive, 10 Oct. 2021 McGurren’s complaints were added to the suit as evidence that station management ignored Ferguson’s alleged behavior. Christy Gutowski,, 5 Oct. 2021 The essay signatories also decry alleged sexist behavior at Blue Origin, describing a workplace in which women's ideas are routinely dismissed and certain male executives are known to condescend to female employees. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 The victims’ advocacy group Time’s Up and others associated with the broader #MeToo movement call for deeper investigation into Kelly’s alleged behavior. NBC News, 27 Sep. 2021 The agency said total fines for a variety of alleged bad behavior in 2021 topped more than $1 million. CBS News, 23 Sep. 2021

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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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16 Oct 2021

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“Alleged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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