Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something alleged; an assertion: allegations of disloyalty.
  • n. The act of alleging.
  • n. A statement asserting something without proof: The newspaper's charges of official wrongdoing were mere allegations.
  • n. Law An assertion made by a party that must be proved or supported with evidence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An assertion, especially an accusation, not necessarily based on facts.
  • n. The act of alleging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of alleging or positively asserting.
  • n. That which is alleged, asserted, or declared; positive assertion; formal averment.
  • n. A statement by a party of what he undertakes to prove, -- usually applied to each separate averment; the charge or matter undertaken to be proved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Theact of alleging; affirmation; declaration: as, “erroneous allegations of fact,” Hallam.
  • n. That which is alleged or asserted; that which is offered as a plea, an excuse, or a justification; an assertion.
  • n. In law: The assertion or statement of a party to a suit or other proceeding, civil or criminal, which he undertakes to prove.
  • n. The plaintiff's first pleading in a testamentary cause.
  • n. In eccles. suits, any pleading subsequent to the first.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
  • n. statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French allégation, from Latin allēgātiō, allēgātiōn-, from allēgātus, past participle of allēgāre, to dispatch, adduce : ad-, ad- + lēgāre, to depute; see legate.

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From Middle French allégation, from Latin allegatio, from allegare. See allege.

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