according to what is or has been alleged.

Origin of allegedly

First recorded in 1870–75; alleged + -ly
Related formsun·al·leg·ed·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for allegedly

supposedly, purportedly, avowedly, professedly

Examples from the Web for allegedly

Contemporary Examples of allegedly

Historical Examples of allegedly

  • I know that some allegedly wise ones will scoff at this statement.


    William J. Robinson

  • He allegedly warned his people to beware of a relapse into popery.

  • The democratic character of these elections is allegedly guaranteed by the procedure or right for nominating candidates.

  • But the rigidity of the latter, allegedly descriptive, term has confused the problem of classifying many benign psychoses.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • Letters - allegedly composed by very influential and highly placed officials - are sent out to unsuspecting businessmen.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

British Dictionary definitions for allegedly



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


an exclamation expressing disbelief or scepticism


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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Word Origin and History for allegedly

1828, from alleged + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper