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[al-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌæl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
the act of alleging; affirmation.
an assertion made with little or no proof.
an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.
Origin of allegation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin allēgātiōn- (stem of allēgātiō), equivalent to allēgāt(us), past participle of allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea (al- al- + -lēgāre, derivative of lēx law; see legal) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
misallegation, noun
nonallegation, noun
preallegation, noun
reallegation, noun
1, 2. charge, accusation; claim, contention. Unabridged
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  • As to the other points in her allegation, Priscilla had no better or broader foundation.

    A Soldier's Trial Charles King
  • Burke shook his head emphatically in denial of the allegation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Blount, at his trial, confessed there was no foundation for the allegation.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • He wished very much to deny the allegation, or at least to dodge the truth.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • So the request was made of me to contact Mr. Wade to find out if that allegation was in the indictment.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for allegation


the act of alleging
an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation
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Word Origin and History for allegation

early 15c., "action of alleging," from Middle French allégation, from Latin allegationem (nominative allegatio) "a sending, despatching," noun of action from past participle stem of allegare (see allege).

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