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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-lejd, uh-lej-id]
    • /əˈlɛdʒd, əˈlɛdʒ ɪd/
    • /əˈledʒd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-lejd, uh-lej-id]
    • /əˈlɛdʒd, əˈlɛdʒ ɪd/

Definitions of alleged word

  • adjective alleged An alleged fact has been stated but has not been proved to be true. 3
  • adjective alleged stated or described to be such; presumed 3
  • adjective alleged so declared, but without proof or legal conviction 3
  • adjective alleged called by this term, but perhaps improperly so; so-called 3
  • adjective alleged declared or stated to be as described; asserted: The alleged murderer could not be located for questioning. 1
  • adjective alleged doubtful; suspect; supposed: The alleged cure-all produced no results when it was tested by reputable doctors. 1

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Origin of alleged

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at allege, -ed2

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Parts of speech for Alleged


alleged popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for alleged

adj alleged

  • so-called — called or designated thus: the so-called Southern bloc.
  • supposed — assumed as true, regardless of fact; hypothetical: a supposed case.
  • stated — of or relating to the central civil government or authority.
  • declared — stated openly, officially, or formally
  • pretended — Informal. make-believe; simulated; counterfeit: pretend diamonds.

adjective alleged

  • unproven — to establish the truth or genuineness of, as by evidence or argument: to prove one's claim.
  • assumed — false; fictitious
  • apparent — An apparent situation, quality, or feeling seems to exist, although you cannot be certain that it does exist.
  • asserted — resting on a statement or claim unsupported by evidence or proof; alleged: The asserted value of the property was twice the amount anyone offered.

Antonyms for alleged

adj alleged

  • certain — If you are certain about something, you firmly believe it is true and have no doubt about it. If you are not certain about something, you do not have definite knowledge about it.
  • definite — If something such as a decision or an arrangement is definite, it is firm and clear, and unlikely to be changed.
  • sure — free from doubt as to the reliability, character, action, etc., of something: to be sure of one's data.

adjective alleged

  • confirmed — You use confirmed to describe someone who has a particular habit or belief that they are very unlikely to change.

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