al·​le·​ga·​tion | \ˌa-li-ˈgā-shən \

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

President Trump faces at least four allegations of criminal misconduct. Doj, USA TODAY, "Live stream: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein holds press conference," 13 July 2018 As more women came forward, corporate America began to contend with allegations of misconduct by men in positions of power. Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "The Sexting Scandal That Toppled One of America’s Most Powerful Lawyers," 13 July 2018 The statement from Hill's office has caused some to question why the attorney general's office is being used to defend Hill against the allegations of misconduct. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Governor's office halts auto-tweet policy after criticism of link to Curtis Hill statement," 13 July 2018 That includes allegations of hacking emails of the Democratic National Committee. CBS News, "Why Russians indicted for hacking may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom," 13 July 2018 Jeremy Silbert confirmed that Moss had been suspended with pay and that internal affairs was investigating the allegations of domestic abuse. Ian Duncan,, "Baltimore Police detective suspended after judge orders him to give up gun in domestic violence case," 13 July 2018 Late 2017 and early 2018 brought one obstacle after another: damage from Hurricane Irma, allegations of animal abuse, the death of one of its most beloved animals. Chabeli Herrera, miamiherald, "Monkey Jungle has reopened. Here is what has happened since the animal-abuse allegations.," 12 July 2018 Butt had been trying to get permission from the Sheriff’s Office to tour the jail since allegations of mistreatment surfaced nine months ago. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Richmond’s Mayor Butt meets ICE detainees," 12 July 2018 The charges include allegations of a prior conviction, causing great bodily injury and using a deadly and dangerous weapon. Brittny Mejia,, "Man charged with murder, attempted murder in connection with West Hollywood knife attack," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of allegation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for allegation

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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 \

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 \

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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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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