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?
Recent Examples on the Web The diocese then received a second allegation from an attorney representing another woman. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 July 2022 The Daily Mail reported Tuesday that Shanteari Weems drove 50 miles to the Mandarin Oriental, where James was staying, last Thursday after hearing a second allegation that her husband abused a child. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, 27 July 2022 Moore defended himself against a similar allegation regarding two past instances of him not correcting television interviewers who had inaccurately said he was awarded a Bronze Star. Sam Janesch, Baltimore Sun, 23 July 2022 The case drew significant attention in part because a woman was being held legally accountable for a public allegation about an intimate relationship. Sara Ashley O'brien And Clare Duffy, CNN, 18 July 2022 Ernesto Castellanos Martinez, 46, pleaded guilty last year in San Diego Superior Court to first-degree murder and a gun-use allegation for shooting 27-year-old Alexander Mazin on Feb. 25, 2018. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 July 2022 Kazejak takes a closer look both at the parents and children, as a shocking allegation soon turns the mood sour and leads to some uncomfortable conversations. Marta Balaga, Variety, 9 July 2022 Staffers alleged that Barber fostered a brutal work culture at Blue Hill, including inappropriately handling a rape allegation. Elazar Sontag, Bon Appétit, 7 July 2022 When a former top civil servant in the Foreign Office contradicted that, saying Mr. Johnson was briefed about a 2019 allegation that resulted in a formal complaint, Mr. Johnson’s office said the prime minister had forgotten about the briefing. The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2022 See More

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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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“Allegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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