alleged[ə lejd′, ə lej′id]
- The definition of alleged is some claim or something of which you should be wary and unconvinced.
An example of something that is alleged is a new drug that is advertised to help lose weight instantly.
- The definition of alleged is something that has been stated but not necessarily confirmed.
An example of someone who is alleged is person who has been arrested for a crime who has not yet been through the process of trial.
- so declared, but without proof or legal conviction: the alleged assassin
- called by this term, but perhaps improperly so; so-called: his alleged friends
- Simple past tense and past participle of allege.
Variant of allege
transitive verballeged, alleging
- to assert positively, or declare; affirm; esp., to assert without proof
- to offer as a plea, excuse, etc.: in his defense he alleged temporary insanity
- Archaic to cite as an authority (for or against)
Origin of allegeMiddle English aleggen, to produce as evidence; form ; from Old French esligier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exlitigare ; from Classical Latin ex-, out of + litigare (see litigate); meaning influenced, influence by Old French alleguer, declare on oath ; from Classical Latin allegare, to send, mention, adduce ; from ad-, to + legare, to send: see legate