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?
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By default, everyone named in a class-action lawsuit is assumed to accept all of the terms, with or without their knowledge, so once a settlement is paid an owner cannot later sue individually for the same allegations. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "What You Need to Know about Ford's PowerShift Transmission Problems," 13 May 2019 Advertising In 2014, Farrow wrote about the allegations and then appeared in an interview early last year for the first time. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Amazon: Woody Allen’s #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal," 15 Apr. 2019 During a radio interview with The Breakfast Club on Wednesday, April 10, Lopez was straight-up asked about Canseco's allegations. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Jennifer Lopez Just Addressed Rumors That Alex Rodriguez Cheated on Her," 10 Apr. 2019 Jordyn recently broke her silence about the allegations at a launch event for her collaboration with eyelash brand Eylure. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods Has Been Removed from Khloé Kardashian's Good American Website," 26 Feb. 2019 The Massachusetts Gaming Commission fined the company $35 million over its handling of those allegations, along with $500,000 to be paid by Mr. Maddox personally. ... Alexandra Berzon, WSJ, "Wynn Resorts Cleared to Open Massachusetts Casino as Regulator Levies $35 Million Fine," 30 Apr. 2019 Getty Images Khloe Kardashian has returned to Instagram for the first time since news broke of her split from Tristan Thompson following yet more cheating allegations, reportedly involving Kylie Jenner’s BFF Jordyn Woods. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Khloé Kardashian Is Moving on From the Cheating Scandal in a Sparkling Naked Catsuit," 26 Feb. 2019 Woods appeared on Smith's Red Table Talk show to break her silence on cheating allegations with Tristan Thompson, Khloé Kardashian's boyfriend, in March. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jordyn Woods Says She Will "Always" Have Love For Kylie Jenner," 19 Apr. 2019 Neither have publicly commented on the allegations. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "What Is the College Admissions Scandal? Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Were Indicted," 15 Mar. 2019

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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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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 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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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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