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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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  • Newton said he could not respond to the allegation that his family solicited money from universities.
  • Nor, thanks to the political parties themselves, is it always easy to tell whether an allegation is vexatious or not.
  • But often it takes time for an allegation to be made or for someone to believe it.
  • The only measuring stick should be the truth of the allegation.
  • The hacking allegation carries a maximum five-year prison term.
  • It's easy to make that allegation but the correlation is spurious.
  • Please provide an example of a climate condition that would falsify the allegation of anthropogenic global warming.
  • One allegation is relatively petty, but it's a beaut.
  • But often it takes time for an allegation to be made or for some-one to believe it.
  • However, no evidence emerged to support the allegation.
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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