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[uh-lej-id-lee] /əˈlɛdʒ ɪd li/
according to what is or has been alleged.
Origin of allegedly
1870-75; alleged + -ly
Related forms
unallegedly, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for allegedly
  • There were allegedly just three missiles in the original photo, but four in the doctored one.
  • Cleopatra lost one brother in her civil war against him; allegedly poisoned a second; arranged the murder of her surviving sister.
  • The trade group also asked university officials to forward warning letters to students allegedly engaged in music piracy.
  • Police harass them and sometimes detain them for allegedly disturbing order.
  • She was left paralyzed after the shooting, and he allegedly fled the country.
  • Dozens of people were arrested; two car-bombs primed for action were allegedly found.
  • The filing seeks the funds for forfeiture on grounds that they are allegedly proceeds from wire fraud and money laundering crimes.
  • She died in 1925 at age 21, allegedly of kidney disease.
  • In one case, 56 titles allegedly were pirated.
  • He had been wanted by police in Wisconsin for allegedly vandalizing utility systems.
British Dictionary definitions for allegedly


reportedly; supposedly: payments allegedly made to a former colleague
(sentence modifier) it is alleged that
an exclamation expressing disbelief or scepticism
Usage note
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for allegedly

1828, from alleged + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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