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allege

[uh-lej] /əˈlɛdʒ/
verb (used with object), alleged, alleging.
1.
to assert without proof.
2.
to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert:
to allege a fact.
3.
to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath.
4.
to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse.
5.
Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English alleg(g)en, probably < Old French aleguer (< Medieval Latin, Latin allēgāre to adduce in support of a plea; see allegation), conflated with Anglo-French, Old French aleg(i)er to justify, free, literally, to lighten (< Late Latin alleviāre; see alleviate); homonymous Middle English v. alleg(g)en, with literal sense of Old French aleg(i)er, replaced by allay in 16th cent.
Related forms
allegeable, adjective
alleger, noun
misallege, verb (used with object), misalleged, misalleging.
preallege, verb (used with object), prealleged, prealleging.
reallege, verb (used with object), realleged, realleging.
Can be confused
accuse, allege, charge.
Synonyms
1. See maintain. 2. state, asseverate, aver. 3. attest.
Antonyms
2. deny.
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Examples for alleging
  • Most of the loudest claims are con, alleging unjustifiable strain on our public services.
  • The saint begged to be excused, alleging that he had been only used to wash the dishes in the kitchen, and to sweep the house.
  • Five priests with some of the people opposed his election, alleging that he was yet a novice in the church.
  • alleging thanks is simply my little way of saying good job for a special resource.
  • She then sued the university for reinstatement, alleging that it had violated her free-speech and due-process rights.
  • When she sued, alleging violations of her free-speech and due-process rights, she sought the degree in education.
  • It has now also helped the two companies thwart a lawsuit alleging fraud.
  • So the shrimpers, furious, have filed a lawsuit alleging that the fish-excluder is based on flawed research.
  • The complete mailing address of the individual alleging the non-compliance.
  • The survey results revealed that a total of six criminal complaints had been filed alleging voter fraud.
British Dictionary definitions for alleging

allege

/əˈlɛdʒ/
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object)
1.
to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proof he alleged malpractice
2.
to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
3.
(archaic) to cite or quote, as to confirm
Word Origin
C14 aleggen, ultimately from Latin allēgāre to dispatch on a mission, from lēx law
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Word Origin and History for alleging
allege
c.1300; it has the form of one O.Fr. verb and the meaning of another. The form is Anglo-Fr. aleger, from O.Fr. eslegier "to clear at law," from L. ex- "out of" and litigare "bring suit" (see litigate), but eslegier meant "acquit, clear of charges in a lawsuit." It somehow acquired the meaning of Fr. alléguer, from L. allegare "send for, to bring forth, name, produce in evidence," from ad- "to" + legare "to depute, send" (see legate).
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