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[uh-lejd, uh-lej-id] /əˈlɛdʒd, əˈlɛdʒ ɪd/
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.
Origin of alleged
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see allege, -ed2
Related forms
unalleged, adjective


[uh-lej] /əˈlɛdʒ/
verb (used with object), alleged, alleging.
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.
1275-1325; Middle English alleg(g)en, probably < Old French aleguer (< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea; see allegation), conflated with Anglo-French, Old French aleg(i)er to justify, free, literally, to lighten (< Late Latin alleviāre; see alleviate); homonymous Middle English v. alleg(g)en, with literal sense of Old French aleg(i)er, replaced by allay in 16th cent.
Related forms
allegeable, adjective
alleger, noun
misallege, verb (used with object), misalleged, misalleging.
preallege, verb (used with object), prealleged, prealleging.
reallege, verb (used with object), realleged, realleging.
Can be confused
accuse, allege, charge.
1. See maintain. 2. state, asseverate, aver. 3. attest.
2. deny. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for alleged
  • The statement of alleged violation emanates from the six-count preliminary .
  • At the time, I had no clue whether the alleged honor resulted from an honest mistake or a knowing deception.
  • Please note that I added the word "alleged," for we do not know .
  • Also you present no facts beyond these to support your alleged skepticism of the arguments in the original article.
  • Under Greek law, the alleged offenses are classified as misdemeanors.
  • Critics also alleged that some landowners were abusing the privilege.
  • The identities of the alleged offenders are not known.
  • Moyes offered to help police find the alleged culprit.
  • One of his alleged accomplices kept C-4 explosives stashed at home.
  • It was especially known for investigation of alleged communists.
British Dictionary definitions for alleged


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
Word Origin
C14 aleggen, ultimately from Latin allēgāre to dispatch on a mission, from lēx law
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Word Origin and History for alleged

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



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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