allegedly

[uh-lej-id-lee]
adverb
according to what is or has been alleged.

Origin:
1870–75; alleged + -ly

unallegedly, adverb
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allegedly (əˈlɛdʒɪdlɪ)
 
adv
1.  reportedly; supposedly: payments allegedly made to a former colleague
2.  (sentence modifier) it is alleged that
 
interj
3.  an exclamation expressing disbelief or scepticism
 
usage  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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allegedly
1874, from pp. adj. alleged.
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Example sentences
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.
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