[ al-i-gey-shuhn ]
/ ˌæl ɪˈgeɪ ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. allantois,
  2. allargando,
  3. allative,
  4. allay,
  5. allecret,
  6. allege,
  7. alleged,
  8. allegedly,
  9. alleger,
  10. allegheny

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for allegation


/ (ˌælɪˈɡeɪʃən) /


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

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