- the act of alleging; affirmation.
- an assertion made with little or no proof.
- an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
- a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.
Origin of allegation
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Examples from the Web for allegation
The allegation may or may not be true, but it is not implausible.In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge
November 25, 2014
It took nearly 20 years between the first allegation and his ultimate removal.How Sicko Priests Got Away With It
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 16, 2014
The allegation concerns hydrocarbon releases from the wastewater system at the unloading facility.Oil Tankers Leaking into Seattle’s Water
October 13, 2014
This hardly seems to be an atmosphere that encourages a sexual assault victim to follow through with an allegation.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
In its motion to dismiss, UMass denied this allegation, and Haidak refuted the school's claim in his opposition to the motion.Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases?
August 18, 2014
Burke shook his head emphatically in denial of the allegation.Within the Law
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
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
- the act of alleging
- an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation
Word Origin and History for allegation
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).