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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
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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