- declared or stated to be as described; asserted: The alleged murderer could not be located for questioning.
- doubtful; suspect; supposed: The alleged cure-all produced no results when it was tested by reputable doctors.
Origin of alleged
- to assert without proof.
- to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact.
- to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath.
- to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse.
- Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation.
Origin of allege
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Examples from the Web for alleged
Students deemed “responsible” for alleged sexual assaults on college campuses can face little or no consequence for their acts.
They waved down a pair of responding cops who followed the alleged cop killer into the subway.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
Many times, victims drop out of school, while their alleged attackers graduate.
Over the years, several MPs have alleged cover-ups or suggested that investigations were shut down by senior security officials.Victim: I Watched British MPs Rape and Murder Young Boys
December 18, 2014
The military commission this week was to focus on the alleged FBI infiltration of one of the defense teams.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start
December 17, 2014
But let us pass from scientific speculations to alleged scientific facts.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
Each day he alleged the necessity of conferring with the woman.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
The booth was decorated with some of his alleged masterpieces.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
Of the two, it was alleged that it was better to preserve the one, at Paris.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
Grievances of Ireland, examination of the alleged, 701the true, 708.
- stated or described to be such; presumedthe alleged murderer
- dubiousan alleged miracle
- to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proofhe alleged malpractice
- to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
- archaic to cite or quote, as to confirm
Word Origin and History for alleged
mid-15c., "quoted," past participle adjective from allege. Attested from 1610s in sense of "brought forth in court;" 1670s as "asserted but not proved."
c.1300. It has the form of one French verb and the meaning of another. The form is Anglo-French aleger, Old French eslegier "to clear at law," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) and litigare "bring suit" (see litigate); however eslegier meant "acquit, clear of charges in a lawsuit." It somehow acquired the meaning of French alléguer, from Latin allegare "send for, bring forth, name, produce in evidence," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + legare "to depute, send" (see legate). Related: Alleged; alleging.