Definition of allegedly in English:



  • [sentence adverb] Used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof:

    ‘he was allegedly a leading participant in the coup attempt’
    [as submodifier] ‘allegedly obscene material’
    • ‘Now that I am allegedly a grown up I don't actually use a scrapbook for my holiday journal.’
    • ‘She said the club was still open at the time, allegedly for a private party.’
    • ‘A haul of allegedly smuggled goods was catalogued and taken away for further examination.’
    • ‘The court previously heard how the four men had allegedly been involved in a fight in a West End car park in August.’
    • ‘This island is allegedly full of monsters, but not one person we know has been taken.’
    reportedly, supposedly, reputedly, purportedly, ostensibly, apparently, by all accounts, so the story goes, putatively, presumedly, presumably, assumedly, declaredly, avowedly
    be accused of being, be accused of doing, be alleged to be, be alleged to have, be said to be, be said to have, be rumoured to be, be rumoured to have
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