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.

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adverb uk /əˈledʒ.ɪ us /əˈledʒ.ɪ

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That's where he allegedly killed his wife.

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