Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss
IAll confirm that the word denotes wrongdoing. All of the sample uses of the word you linked related to legal matters or wrongdoing.
I just posted for you an example of 2 (count them, TWO) usages of the word ALLEGED from the Merriam-Webster dictionary online that have nothing to do with wrongdoing or legal matters. I even gave the link. Here are the two again:
1: asserted to be true or to exist <an alleged miracle>
Note the example is about a miracle, which may be unproven.
2: questionably true or of a specified kind : supposed, so-called <bought an alleged antique vase>
Note the example is about an alleged antique vase, which may or may not be so.
Subsequently, I searched several other dictionaries, figuring that perhaps you had stumbled upon one that ONLY gave the one definition that you are hanging your hat on. The PRIMARY definition of the word in most places is that someone is making an assertion that has yet to be proven.
Represented as existing or as being described but not so proved: supposed.
\t\tdeclared but not proved; "alleged abuses of housing benefits"- Wall Street Journal
2 \talleged(a), so-called, supposed
\t\tdoubtful or suspect; "these so-called experts are no help"
Mooch's Source (which he did not provide, but probably could if asked):
1. declared or stated to be as described; asserted:
2. doubtful; suspect; supposed:
Apparently, you believe that the Apple dictionary is the authority, so I checked that too. For the word "allege", I see what you saw, which included this example:
"the first artifact ever alleged to be from Earhart's aircraft"
Whoever made this allegation (i.e. that the artifact came from Earhart's aircraft) is not accusing the artifact (or Earhart, or anyone else) of having done anything wrong. No. In this case, someone made a statement of fact that has yet to be proven. They alleged it to be so. Valid usage. Just like AI in the story above.
Note: by the way, you should type in the word "alleged" with the extra "D" at the end into Apple's Dictionary. You'll see even more proof.
The bottom line is that I can point to NUMEROUS sources which show that the word alleged is MORE general than you have allowed here, and that it is compatible with the usage on AI. Even your example from Apple's dictionary allowed for that.
PEACE TO YOU: As I mentioned in my original response, while it is technically correct to use "alleged" in its generic form, common usage has evolved to where it typically bears the connotation that you are alleging. :-)
So I say again: AI is technically correct, but I can see why you might think otherwise.