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OTHER WORDS FROM allegedun·al·leged, adjective
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Definition for alleged (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), al·leged, al·leg·ing.
Origin of allege
synonym study for allege
OTHER WORDS FROM allege
What does alleged mean?
Alleged is an adjective that’s used to describe things that have been claimed. It’s most often used to describe an action or situation, especially a wrongdoing or crime, that someone claims happened but that has not been confirmed or proven.
Alleged can also be used as the past tense of the verb allege, meaning to claim without proof or before proof is available. Such an accusation is called an allegation. The adverb form of alleged is allegedly.
As an adjective, alleged can be correctly pronounced either uh-LEJD or uh-LEJ-id. When it’s used as a verb, it’s always pronounced uh-LEJD.
Alleged is most commonly used in a legal context and in journalism in reports about crime or other wrongdoing before it has been proven or before someone has been convicted. Using the word alleged allows journalists to talk about allegations without seeming to presume guilt (and getting sued for libel).
Sometimes, alleged is used to mean doubtful or supposed in a way that’s intended to indicate skepticism about something, as in The alleged genius can’t even run a small company.
Example: The alleged crime took place when my client was half a state away.
Where does alleged come from?
The first records of the word alleged come from the 1400s. Its base word, allege, is recorded around 1300 and ultimately comes from the Latin verb allēgāre, meaning “to dispatch on a mission” or “bring forward as evidence.” The leg part of allege and alleged comes from the root lēx-, which means “law” and forms the basis of words like legal.
Alleged is almost always used in a legal context. It’s typically used when making an accusation that has yet to be proved in a court of law. In many jurisdictions, the law states that a person is innocent until proven guilty. That means that if someone is accused of committing a crime—even if the whole thing was caught on video—they’re not considered guilty until they’re convicted by a jury. Until that happens, journalists use the word alleged to qualify descriptions about the supposed crime.
It’s often applied to actions or events, as in the alleged burglary or the alleged incident. It can also be applied to a person, as in the alleged burglar.
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Alleged is most commonly used in journalism in reports about crimes.
This morning, we arrested NYPD Officer Errick Allen for the alleged murder of Christopher Curro last week on Long Island.
No one is above the law, and my office is committed to ensuring justice is served.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) May 21, 2020
This is the story of how Dennis Perry went to prison for two murders even some detectives believe he didn't commit – and how Erik Sparre, an alleged white supremacist who confessed to the crimes, escaped scrutiny for 35 years. I hope you'll read and share. https://t.co/eVqWSh2nPJ
— Joshua Sharpe (@JoshuaWSharpe) May 23, 2020
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) May 16, 2020
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to refer to something described as alleged?
Example sentences 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|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nico Hines|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Mak|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No two authorities agree as to the place of these alleged magnetic mountains.On the magnet, magnetick bodies also, and on the great magnet the earth|William Gilbert of Colchester
The alleged inheritance of the effects of use and disuse in our domestic animals must be very slow and slight.Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited?|William Platt Ball
The Bœotians alleged that there was no law permitting women to act as judges; an equal number of men were therefore chosen.
Nor can inconvenience to the community be alleged as an objection to such a regulation.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents|James D. Richardson
So much for the negative evidence that any such genuine document as the alleged Charter of 7th December 1639 had ever existed.