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What does allegedly mean?
Allegedly means according to what has been claimed. It’s used to describe an action or situation that someone claims happened but that has not been confirmed or proven, especially a crime.
Allegedly is the adverb form of the adjective alleged, which itself comes from the past tense of the verb allege, meaning to claim without proof or before proof is available. Such an accusation is called an allegation.
Allegedly is most commonly used in a legal context, especially in journalism in reports about a person who has been accused of a crime or other wrongdoing but who has not been convicted. Using the word allegedly allows journalists to talk about allegations without seeming to presume guilt (and getting sued for libel).
Example: Mr. Jones allegedly stole from his company over a period of 15 years.
Where does allegedly come gtom?
The first records of the word allegedly come from the 1800s. 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 allegedly comes from the root lēx-, which means “law” and forms the basis of words like legal.
Allegedly 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 allegedly to qualify descriptions about what the person has supposedly done.
It can be used to start a sentence, as in Allegedly, she crashed the award ceremony. It can be used within a sentence immediately preceding the alleged action, as in It was then that she allegedly began dancing on the table, or immediately following it, as in She then grabbed the tablecloth, allegedly, out from under the dishes, which stayed on the table. It can also be used as a kind of a one-word tag after a sentence, as in The dancing was actually very good. Allegedly.
Sometimes, allegedly is used in this way ironically, to humorously imply skepticism about what has been said, as in He’s very honest. Allegedly.
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What are some other forms related to allegedly?
- allege (verb)
- alleged (adjective)
- allegation (noun)
- unallegedly (adverb)
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How is allegedly used in real life?
Allegedly is most commonly used in journalism in reports about crimes. It’s sometimes used in a humorous way that’s supposed to mimic its journalistic use.
The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for allegedly violating EU law on free movement dating back to 2014 -« limiting the rights of first time job seekers and family members. Also imposing unjustified lifetime bans on re-entry to the country » /1
— Katya Adler (@BBCkatyaadler) May 14, 2020
It's worrisome that the company that makes the most influential artificial intelligence products in the world is allegedly scaling back on its efforts to ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce, considering what we know about AI bias. https://t.co/COSHFT0k75
— april glaser (@aprilaser) May 14, 2020
journalism professor: i can't change your grade. you got a 48 on your final exam
journalism professor: wow you're good nvm you get an A
— phil (@PhilJamesson) October 22, 2019
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How to use allegedly in a sentence
Adefeso recently took to Instagram Live, explaining why he broke up with Tamar after she allegedly hit him.Trina Braxton To David Adefeso: ‘When You Attack One, You Attack Us All’|Hope Wright|September 17, 2020|Essence.com
He also allegedly asked prosecutors to explore whether the mayor of Seattle might be prosecuted for allowing the creation of a small autonomous protest zone this year.William Barr is the poster child for politicized law enforcement officials|Philip Bump|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
The ad starts with a voice, allegedly of a steelworker, lamenting the decline of the steel industry in the United States.Trump’s most popular YouTube ad is a stew of manipulated video|Glenn Kessler, Meg Kelly|September 17, 2020|Washington Post
Janczewski was most recently the lead investigator in a case to trace and seize $250 million in cryptocurrency from an unprecedented streak of multimillion-dollar hacks allegedly carried out by the North Korean hacking team known as Lazarus Group.North Korean hackers steal billions in cryptocurrency. How do they turn it into real cash?|Patrick O'Neill|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
These individuals allegedly maintained a robust network for disseminating disinformation about political rivals and journalists.Brazil’s “fake news” bill won’t solve its misinformation problem|Amy Nordrum|September 10, 2020|MIT Technology Review
In 2011 LGBT media outlet Queerty took the app to task for allegedly deleting accounts that made reference to being trans.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem|David Levesley|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
About how much did the group allegedly steal from Mosul banks?Michael Tomasky’s Year-End Quiz: Test Your 2014 News Knowledge|Michael Tomasky|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After he allegedly unloaded on the cops, Brinsley attempted to make a getaway to a nearby subway.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish|M.L. Nestel|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The victim, whom The Daily Beast is not naming, asked what Williams wanted and the pastor allegedly “reached in and grabbed him.”Exposed: The Gay-Bashing Pastor’s Same-Sex Assault|M.L. Nestel|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Livvix allegedly arrived in Israel a short time after he jumped bail on drug charges.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I guess youve all heard the story of how their lawn was allegedly sprinkled with some chemical which made the grass run wild.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
I have the coat, shirt, tie, and the bandages and support belt which he allegedly was wearing that day.Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
By this time Britain was beginning to apply the other allegedly oppressive measures which preceded the Revolution.The Cultural History of Marlborough, Virginia|C. Malcolm Watkins
This enlarges the area on the rifle just below what is allegedly Oswald's left hand.Warren Commission (2 of 26): Hearings Vol. II (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Some of the reports that she has received concern light objects seen at night which have allegedly been followed by explosions.Federal Bureau of Investigation FOIA Documents - Unidentified Flying Objects|United States Federal Bureau of Investigation