Definition of alleged in English:



  • [attributive] Said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality.

    ‘the alleged conspirators’
    • ‘In the chase incident, he entered a shop to find the owner struggling with an alleged shoplifter.’
    • ‘As well as provoking mirth, the alleged meanness of Scots is also a powerful marketing tool.’
    • ‘A man who provided a false alibi for an alleged attacker has been sent to jail for six months.’
    • ‘His parents also complained about the alleged mistreatment of their son while he was in prison.’
    • ‘The alleged activities include amassing a number of fake credit cards and fake passports.’
    • ‘The British Museum, too, says it knows nothing about any alleged fakes in its displays.’
    • ‘However, even his most severe critics now agree that the alleged flaw is largely a thing of the past.’
    • ‘He said when the alleged getaway car tried to reverse outside Euston station, it was blocked by a bus.’
    • ‘Police were also on the scene to carry out their own investigations about the alleged incident.’
    • ‘One of them is about an alleged Cabinet split over the site of a nuclear waste dump.’
    • ‘Two of their alleged accomplices, also previously living in Hamburg, are on the run.’
    • ‘Then a group of men, including the defendant, barged into the alleged victim's home.’
    • ‘The character of the locality must surely be judged as it was before the alleged nuisance began.’
    • ‘A court decided to fit the tagging device on one of the alleged attackers while they awaited trial.’
    • ‘It's a peculiar way to describe the alleged plotters, when you think about it, isn't it?’
    • ‘The fight broke out at about 3pm on Friday below deck after the pair got into an alleged row.’
    • ‘A French judge has been inquiring into the alleged bribes for the past two years.’
    • ‘The alleged payments were detailed last month in a Senate report on the oil for food programme.’
    • ‘The jury watched a video showing some of the alleged conspirators in animated discussion.’
    • ‘Two of the alleged conspirators have already been set free in Germany for the same reason.’
    supposed, so-called, claimed, professed, purported, ostensible, apparent, putative, unproven, rumoured, reputed, presumed, assumed, reported, declared, stated, avowed, described
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