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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Eleven of 96 defendants have pleaded guilty to federal charges in what lawyers say is one of the biggest alleged schemes of its kind in the country. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Nearly a dozen admit to massive fake marriage scam enticing Vietnamese immigrants into improved legal status in the U.S.," 15 July 2019 The potential deal follows news last week that USAA must pay a combined $1.8 million to two of its former financial planners for making alleged defamatory disclosures about them when they were terminated two years ago. Patrick Danner,, "Report: USAA may sell wealth-management business to Charles Schwab," 15 July 2019 Nate, a show of privilege In the first half of the episode, East Highland holds a mini investigation into the alleged violence of Nate Jacobs. Ariana Romero,, "Thinking Through Euphoria Season 1, Episode 5: “'03 Bonnie and Clyde”," 15 July 2019 Information Minister Jorge Rodriguez also said the alleged attempt to sell weapons while negotiating with the government reflected opposition deceit., "News of the Day From Around the World, July 14," 13 July 2019 The Han workers were angry about the alleged rapes of Han women by Uighur men, though a government investigation later concluded there was no evidence such an assault had taken place. Washington Post, "China locks down Xinjiang a decade after deadly ethnic riots," 6 July 2019 But New York magazine ran a photo of a smiling Carroll talking to Trump at what looks like a social event around 1987, years before the alleged rape. Robin Abcarian,, "If you believed Bill Clinton was a sexual predator, how can you possibly defend Trump?," 25 June 2019 The defendant’s muted, vaguely quizzical expression rarely broke during the trial, even as prosecutor Dan Owens elicited graphic testimony of alleged oral, vaginal and anal rape from Winslow’s accusers. Robert Klemko,, "You Never Knew Kellen Winslow Jr.," 13 June 2019 Sweden also seeks him for questioning about an alleged rape, which Assange has denied. CBS News, "U.S. submits formal extradition request to UK for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange," 12 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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