- to assert without proof.
- to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact.
- to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath.
- to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse.
- Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation.
Origin of allege
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Examples from the Web for alleging
She later sued him alleging a vicious cycle of abuse, and he settled with his ex-wife out of court for an undisclosed sum.Foxcatcher’s Real-Life Psycho Killer
November 18, 2014
Unlike Rita Ora, who she totally calls out for sleeping with Jay, Liv is alleging that she actually turned him down.Elevator Music Beyoncé Doesn’t Want to Hear: Jay Z’s ‘Mistress’ Drops ‘Sorry Mrs. Carter’
August 8, 2014
Felicia Allen took the store to court, alleging she was terminated for trying to take unpaid time off to have her baby.Hobby Lobby Employee Says She Was Fired for Being Pregnant
RH Reality Check
July 29, 2014
In 2010, Dash filed for divorce from her husband, Emmanuel Xuereb, alleging years of abuse.‘Clueless’: How the Greatest Clique of the ‘90s Transformed Into A Shakespearean Tragedy
May 30, 2014
Current and former Oakland Raiderettes sued their team in January, alleging wage theft and failure to meet minimum wage salaries.It’s Buffalo Jills Vs. Buffalo Bills in Ex-Cheerleaders’ New Lawsuit
April 24, 2014
Hemingway refused, alleging it to be his duty to ring the bell.Something Else Again
Franklin P. Adams
The Man refused it, alleging likewise that this was not his.
Alleging illness as an excuse, he did not appear at recitation that day.The Uncalled
Paul Laurence Dunbar
Jean had refused, alleging that he had much to do the night before his departure.L'Abbe Constantin, Complete
But they do not worship Hercules, alleging as a reason that he ravaged their country.
- to declare in or as if in a court of law; state without or before proofhe alleged malpractice
- to put forward (an argument or plea) for or against an accusation, claim, etc
- archaic to cite or quote, as to confirm
Word Origin and History for alleging
c.1300. It has the form of one French verb and the meaning of another. The form is Anglo-French aleger, Old French eslegier "to clear at law," from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) and litigare "bring suit" (see litigate); however eslegier meant "acquit, clear of charges in a lawsuit." It somehow acquired the meaning of French alléguer, from Latin allegare "send for, bring forth, name, produce in evidence," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + legare "to depute, send" (see legate). Related: Alleged; alleging.