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allegation

[al-i-gey-shuh n] /ˌæl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən/
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
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
Synonyms
1, 2. charge, accusation; claim, contention.
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allegation

/ˌælɪˈɡeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of alleging
2.
an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation
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Word Origin and History for mis-allegation

allegation

n.

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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