al·​le·​ga·​tion ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce allegation (audio)
: the act of alleging something
: 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
: 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?
Recent Examples on the Web Internal affairs deemed the allegation against the sergeant baseless. Ashley Luthern, Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2024 At the time of the complaint, Paramount Television Studios conducted a full investigation regarding allegations that were brought to our attention. Devan Coggan,, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for allegation 

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Word History


see allege

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of allegation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Allegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


al·​le·​ga·​tion ˌal-i-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce allegation (audio)
: the act of alleging
: something alleged
especially : a statement not supported by proof or evidence
allegations of criminal involvement

Legal Definition


al·​le·​ga·​tion ˌa-lə-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce allegation (audio)
: the act of alleging
: a statement not yet proven
allegations in an affidavit
: 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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