allegedly

[ uh-lej-id-lee ]
/ əˈlɛdʒ ɪd li /

adverb

according to what is or has been alleged.

Origin of allegedly

First recorded in 1870–75; alleged + -ly

Related forms

un·al·leg·ed·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for allegedly

allegedly

/ (əˈlɛdʒɪdlɪ) /

adverb

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

interjection

an exclamation expressing disbelief or scepticism

usage

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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