allegation

[ al-i-gey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən /

noun

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

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

OTHER WORDS FROM allegation

mis·al·le·ga·tion, nounnon·al·le·ga·tion, nounpre·al·le·ga·tion, nounre·al·le·ga·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for allegation

allegation
/ (ˌælɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

noun

the act of alleging
an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation
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