Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An assertion that someone has done something wrong, often without proof.
  • noun Law An assertion that someone has engaged in an unlawful act.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of alleging or positively asserting.
  • noun That which is alleged, asserted, or declared; positive assertion; formal averment.
  • noun (Law) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law)
  • noun 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.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • The term allegation implies just that, alleged, an unproved assertion.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • The term allegation implies just that, alleged, an unproved assertion.

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • "I can reassure the British public that we are very careful in who we fund and this allegation is a very rare one for us but one that causes a great deal of concern."

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • Bart: To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

  • To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

  • To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

  • To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

  • To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

  • Bart: To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

  • To start, I would love to see the actual transcript of that oral argument to see if this allegation is accurate.

    Balkinization

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.