allegation

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noun al·le·ga·tion \ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of allegation

  1. 1 :  the act of alleging something

  2. 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. 3 :  an assertion unsupported and by implication regarded as unsupportable

Examples of allegation in a sentence

  1. The police are investigating allegations that the mayor has accepted bribes.

  2. There have been allegations of fraud in the city government.

  3. You're making a serious allegation. Do you have any proof?

Origin and Etymology of allegation

see allege


First Known Use: 15th century


ALLEGATION Defined for English Language Learners

allegation

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noun al·le·ga·tion \ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of allegation for English Language Learners

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


ALLEGATION Defined for Kids

allegation

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noun al·le·ga·tion \ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən\

Definition of allegation for Students

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


Law Dictionary

allegation

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noun al·le·ga·tion \ˌa-lə-ˈgā-shən\

Legal Definition of allegation

  1. 1 :  the act of alleging

  2. 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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