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allegation

[al-i-gey-shuh n]
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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.
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Origin of allegation

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 formsmis·al·le·ga·tion, nounnon·al·le·ga·tion, nounpre·al·le·ga·tion, nounre·al·le·ga·tion, noun

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1, 2. charge, accusation; claim, contention.
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Examples from the Web for allegation

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  • Burke shook his head emphatically in denial of the allegation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He wished very much to deny the allegation, or at least to dodge the truth.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Was it, do you suppose, because they detected some ill-will in me towards you that they made the allegation?

    Anabasis

    Xenophon

  • At the outset it must be acknowledged that the allegation is very difficult to prove.

    The Curse of Education

    Harold E. Gorst

  • He saw her hesitation, and knew that his allegation was the truth.

    The White Lie

    William Le Queux


British Dictionary definitions for allegation

allegation

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 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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