Meaning of “alleged” in the English Dictionary

"alleged" in British English

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uk /əˈledʒd/ us /əˈledʒd/ formal

C1 said or thought by some people to be the stated bad or illegal thing, although you have no proof:

It took 15 years for the alleged criminals (= people thought to be criminals) to prove their innocence.

More examples

  • Several alleged drug lords are to be put on trial.
  • Opposition parties have protested over alleged vote rigging in the election.
  • Less than two weeks ago Gough finally served a writ on Slater, claiming damages for alleged loss of royalties.
  • They were in the house when the alleged crime took place.
  • He is being hunted by police for his alleged involvement in several murders.
adverb uk /əˈledʒ.ɪ us /əˈledʒ.ɪ


  • She was convicted of murdering her drunken and allegedly violent husband.
  • Two football players have been arrested after allegedly accepting bribes.
  • The shooting was allegedly carried out by two young boys aged 11 and 13.
  • He was arrested after allegedly selling drugs to an undercover officer.
  • Two doctors are under investigation for allegedly providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.


That's where he allegedly killed his wife.

(Definition of “alleged” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)