allegation

noun al·le·ga·tion \ ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

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

  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?

Recent Examples of allegation from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of allegation

see allege


ALLEGATION Defined for English Language Learners

allegation

noun

Definition of allegation for English Language Learners

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


ALLEGATION Defined for Kids

allegation

noun al·le·ga·tion \ ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of allegation for Students

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

Law Dictionary

allegation

noun al·le·ga·tion \ ˌa-lə-ˈgā-shən \

legal Definition of allegation

1 : the act of alleging
2 a : 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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