alleged

[ uh-lejd, uh-lej-id ]
/ əˈlɛdʒd, əˈlɛdʒ ɪd /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. allative,
  2. allay,
  3. allecret,
  4. allegation,
  5. allege,
  6. allegedly,
  7. alleger,
  8. allegheny,
  9. allegheny barberry,
  10. allegheny mountains

Origin of alleged

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at allege, -ed2

Related formsun·al·leged, adjective

allege

[ uh-lej ]
/ əˈlɛdʒ /

verb (used with object), al·leged, al·leg·ing.

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

1275–1325; Middle English alleg(g)en, probably < Old French aleguer (< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea; see allegation), conflated with Anglo-French, Old French aleg(i)er to justify, free, literally, to lighten (< Late Latin alleviāre; see alleviate); homonymous Middle English v. alleg(g)en, with literal sense of Old French aleg(i)er, replaced by allay in 16th cent.

Related forms
Can be confusedaccuse allege charge

Synonym study

1. See maintain.

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British Dictionary definitions for alleged

alleged

/ (əˈlɛdʒd) /

adjective (prenominal)

stated or described to be such; presumedthe alleged murderer
dubiousan alleged miracle

allege

/ (əˈlɛdʒ) /

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

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 for allege

C14 aleggen, ultimately from Latin allēgāre to dispatch on a mission, from lēx law

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