[ al-i-gey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for allegation on
  1. the act of alleging; affirmation.

  2. an assertion made with little or no proof.

  1. an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.

  2. 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 for allegation

Other words from allegation

  • mis·al·le·ga·tion, noun
  • non·al·le·ga·tion, noun
  • pre·al·le·ga·tion, noun
  • re·al·le·ga·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use allegation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for allegation


/ (ˌælɪˈɡeɪʃən) /

  1. the act of alleging

  2. an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation

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