allegedly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

alleged +‎ -ly

Adverb[edit]

allegedly (not comparable)

  1. According to someone's allegation.
    The suspect was allegedly involved in the robbery, but his alibi placed him in another state at the time.
  2. According to someone's conspicuous impressions (which could be alleged ensuingly).
    The game is allegedly exciting.
    • 2008 13/11/2008, Jason Whitlock, “The 10 best and 10 worst NFL coaches”:
      Philip Rivers is allegedly having the best season of any quarterback in the league.
    • 2009 02/20/2009, “The Closer”:
      ...her onscreen tears are allegedly real.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This term is used in the media to avoid litigation when the facts are not 100% certain, or when referring to evidence in an ongoing trial.

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