allegation

[al-i-gey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act of alleging; affirmation.
2.
an assertion made with little or no proof.
3.
an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
4.
a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.

Origin:
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

misallegation, noun
nonallegation, noun
preallegation, noun
reallegation, noun


1, 2. charge, accusation; claim, contention.
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allegation (ˌælɪˈɡeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of alleging
2.  an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation

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allegation
late 15c., "action of alleging," from Fr. allégation, from L. allegationem (nom. allegatio), noun of action from allegatus, pp. of allegare (see allege).
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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.
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