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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During today's hearing, the judge ordered the governor and the press to refrain
  from communicating such allegations.
The other allegations probably depend on local conditions.
Instead you write vague allegations and then conclude, they're wrong until they
  prove you are.
Please feel free to factually refute any of our allegations.
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