al·​le·​ga·​tion | \ ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce allegation (audio) \

Definition of allegation

1 : the act of alleging something
2 : a positive assertion especially of misconduct Some former colleagues have made serious allegations against him. specifically : a statement by a party to a legal action of what the party undertakes to prove
3 : an assertion unsupported and by implication regarded as unsupportable

Examples of allegation in a Sentence

The police are investigating allegations that the mayor has accepted bribes. There have been allegations of fraud in the city government. You're making a serious allegation. Do you have any proof?
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Recent Examples on the Web During the 40-minute tour, Brandtjen and the other Wisconsin lawmakers stood shoulder to shoulder with Greitens, who has denied the blackmail allegation and is now running for U.S. Senate. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2021 The school had been recently informed about Logan’s allegation. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 Department of Justice lawyers say Trump acted in an official capacity in denying rape allegation. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 The dispute was sparked after E. Jean Carroll, a longtime advice columnist for Elle magazine, made the allegation in an article published in New York Magazine in 2019. Byron Tau, WSJ, 8 June 2021 As a long time fraud researcher, that allegation didn’t sit right. Dr. Augustine Fou, Forbes, 7 June 2021 The Working Families Party had initially supported Mr. Stringer as its first choice and then backed Ms. Wiley and Ms. Morales after the first allegation against Mr. Stringer. New York Times, 5 June 2021 Matthew Lohmeier repeated the allegation while promoting his book Irresistible Revolution: Marxism’s Goal of Conquest & the Unmaking of the American Military. Emily Caldwell, Dallas News, 3 June 2021 The district does not make statements on personnel matters and a spokeswoman declined to comment on whether there had been an investigation into the discrimination allegation. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of allegation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allegation

see allege

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16 Jun 2021

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“Allegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of allegation

: a statement saying that someone has done something wrong or illegal


al·​le·​ga·​tion | \ ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce allegation (audio) \

Kids Definition of allegation

: a statement that is not supported by proof and that usually accuses someone of wrongdoing


al·​le·​ga·​tion | \ ˌa-lə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce allegation (audio) \

Legal Definition of allegation

1 : the act of alleging
2a : a statement not yet proven allegations in an affidavit
b : a statement by a party to a lawsuit of what the party will attempt to prove : averment — compare accusation, indictment, information, proof


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