verb (used with object), al·leged, al·leg·ing.
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What does allege mean?
To allege is to make an accusation or claim, especially about a crime or wrongdoing. The word often implies that the thing claimed has not been confirmed or proven or that the claim has been made without proof or before proof is available.
Allege is most commonly used in a legal context and in journalism in reports about crime or other wrongdoing before it has been proven or before someone has been convicted. Using the word alleged allows journalists to talk about allegations without seeming to presume guilt (and getting sued for libel).
Example: Investigators are alleging that Mr. Jones stole from the company over a period of 15 years.
Where does allege come from?
The first records of allege come from around 1300. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb allēgāre, meaning “to dispatch on a mission” or “bring forward as evidence.” The leg part of allege comes from the root lēx-, which means “law” and forms the basis of words like legal.
Allege is almost always used in a legal context. It’s typically used when making an accusation that has yet to be proved in a court of law. In many jurisdictions, the law states that a person is innocent until proven guilty. That means that if someone is accused of committing a crime—even if the whole thing was caught on video—they’re not considered guilty until they’re convicted by a jury. Until that happens, journalists use the word allege to refer to claims about what has supposedly been done.
Allege is most often used to refer to an action done by a person, as in Police allege that the theft occurred overnight or My client alleges that the defendant attacked him. But like the word claim, it can also be used with things, such as documents, as in The lawsuit alleges a long history of abuse or The charges allege that the theft occurred overnight.
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How is allege used in real life?
Allege is most commonly used in journalism in reports about crimes.
This morning a black mother and her son who live in Creve Coeur filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of Des Peres alleging police brutality over an incident at Sam’s Club on March 23. There is video of the event.
— Tony Messenger (@tonymess) May 18, 2020
"The charges allege that as many as 90 guns purchased through https://t.co/t25KAqmKZi wound up on the streets of Chicago, including one that was recovered during an armed carjacking and others found during narcotics and gang investigations." https://t.co/fXLUH0md82
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 15, 2018
Non-AJ defendants have repeatedly alleged torture in custody. Judge tells court that medical examinations show no signs of torture. #AJtrial
— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) March 31, 2014
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used to describe something that is alleged to have happened?
Example sentences from the Web for allege
They also allege their children are not in fact siblings, despite having been told they were.
Army officials also allege that he worked for ethnic rebels as a “communications captain.”Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives|Joshua Carroll|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And what do you allege that Mr. Davis did unlawfully in this one?
So she made changes that have transformed the Times online; is that what her critics mean when they allege she was disruptive?The Hypocrisy Behind The New York Times’s Abrupt Decapitation of Jill Abramson|Robert Shrum|May 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hannan never threatened to “out” Dr. V as transgender, as many of his outraged critics now allege.Pressuring Journalists Won’t Protect Transgender People|James Kirchick|January 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She can allege but one,—that of her reasonable policy supported by her might.
In many cases it is unnecessary to allege or prove ownership of the property the subject of the indictment.
It is utterly illogical to allege that evolution has banished final causes.Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith|Robert Patterson
Towards hostile states it had the plea of right; towards the favourably disposed it could allege necessity.The Thirty Years War, Complete|Friedrich Schiller
We allege nothing of which we cannot furnish recent examples.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Henry Martyn Baird