Alleged



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.
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.
Contemporary Examples

Students deemed “responsible” for alleged sexual assaults on college campuses can face little or no consequence for their acts.
Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star Robert Silverman December 21, 2014

McNamara said investigators determined Nodianos was not present when the alleged assault occurred.
Michael Nodianos of Steubenville ‘Rape’ Video Drops Out of OSU, Citing Threats Winston Ross January 6, 2013

What exactly is “interesting” about this alleged coincidence?
The GOP’s Worst Medicine Eric Alterman April 29, 2009

A photograph of the alleged assault was taken, and within a few days it had spread like wildfire through social media.
Rehtaeh Parsons’s Best Friend Speaks Out Christine Pelisek April 27, 2013

Roger Clemens was a Hall of Fame pitcher long before the alleged drug use.
Roger Clemens Acquitted in Bogus Perjury Trial Allen Barra June 19, 2012

Historical Examples

It had been alleged that there was no precedent for relieving these people.
Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16) Thomas Hart Benton

But let us pass from scientific speculations to alleged scientific facts.
Life: Its True Genesis R. W. Wright

He had glided back, and was standing at Randal’s elbow, pointing out the exact spot where he alleged he had seen the cat.
Motor Matt’s Air Ship Stanley R. Matthews

The booth was decorated with some of his alleged masterpieces.
A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson

Then this charge was dropped, and the next was made, the one about my not reporting the alleged cache at “Cape Thomas Hubbard.”
My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook

adjective (prenominal)
stated or described to be such; presumed: the alleged murderer
dubious: an alleged miracle
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proof: he alleged malpractice
to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
(archaic) to cite or quote, as to confirm
adj.

mid-15c., “quoted,” past participle adjective from allege. Attested from 1610s in sense of “brought forth in court;” 1670s as “asserted but not proved.”
v.

c.1300. It has the form of one French verb and the meaning of another. The form is Anglo-French aleger, Old French eslegier “to clear at law,” from Latin ex- “out of” (see ex-) and litigare “bring suit” (see litigate); however eslegier meant “acquit, clear of charges in a lawsuit.” It somehow acquired the meaning of French alléguer, from Latin allegare “send for, bring forth, name, produce in evidence,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + legare “to depute, send” (see legate). Related: Alleged; alleging.

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