One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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’
reportedly, supposedly, reputedly, purportedly, ostensibly, apparently, by all accounts, so the story goes, putatively, presumedly, presumably, assumedly, declaredly, avowedlyView synonyms
- ‘The court previously heard how the four men had allegedly been involved in a fight in a West End car park in August.’
- ‘A haul of allegedly smuggled goods was catalogued and taken away for further examination.’
- ‘She said the club was still open at the time, allegedly for a private party.’
- ‘This island is allegedly full of monsters, but not one person we know has been taken.’
- ‘Now that I am allegedly a grown up I don't actually use a scrapbook for my holiday journal.’
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