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 November 13, Jason Whitlock, “The 10 best and 10 worst NFL coaches”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1]:
      Philip Rivers is allegedly having the best season of any quarterback in the league.
    • 2009 February 20, “The Closer”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[2]:
      ...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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