[ uh-lej-id-lee ]
/ əˈlɛdʒ ɪd li /


according to what is or has been alleged.

Origin of allegedly

First recorded in 1870–75; alleged + -ly


un·al·leg·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for allegedly

British Dictionary definitions for allegedly

/ (əˈlɛdʒɪdlɪ) /


reportedly; supposedlypayments allegedly made to a former colleague
(sentence modifier) it is alleged that


an exclamation expressing disbelief or scepticism

usage for allegedly

In recent years it has become common for speakers to include allegedly in statements that are controversial or possibly even defamatory. The implication is that, by saying allegedly, the speaker is distancing himself or herself from the controversy and even protecting himself or herself from possible prosecution. However, the effect created may be deliberate. The use of allegedly can be a signal that, although the statement may seem outrageous, it is in fact true: He was drunk at work. Allegedly. Conversely, it is also possible to use allegedly as an expression of ironic scepticism: He's a hard worker. Allegedly
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