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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Kylie's career hasn't been affected by the allegations either. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything to Know About the Alleged Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner Cheating Scandal," 4 Mar. 2019 But in any case, it's gone now, another blow to Starbreeze in a year that's also included insider trading allegations and a CEO who by all accounts has disappeared off the face of the earth. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: New Dune games, Phoenix Wright on PC, and Borderlands 3 rumors," 1 Mar. 2019 Update: The Jordy lipstick went on sale before the allegations were made public as part of a 50-percent off sale back in January. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Put Her Lipstick Shade Named After Jordyn Woods On Sale," 21 Feb. 2019 Along with Moonves, allegations have also been made against former show host Charlie Rose and 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager, both of whom are no longer with the company. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Is Donating $20 Million From Les Moonves' Severance Package to 18 Women's Organizations," 15 Dec. 2018 There were, however, no allegations from Scott’s own appointed election watchers or other state officials of any kind of voter fraud or election rigging. Dylan Scott, Vox, "There’s election fraud in North Carolina. That’s not the same thing as voter fraud.," 11 Dec. 2018 Further allegations have been made against McCarrick, also claiming that the highest members of the Church hierarchy, all the way up to Popes Benedict and Francis, knew about the accusations at least since 2013. Mary Beth Keane, Vogue, "Amid Scandal After Scandal, One Catholic Mother Faces A Painful Choice," 6 Dec. 2018 The Commission could pursue a similar action on behalf of the Facebook allegations, but no statements or announcements have been made. Colin Lecher, The Verge, "Facebook fends off new anti-monopoly questions after UK email release," 5 Dec. 2018 The Rubin revelation came just a week after it was revealed that a top Uber executive was also shown the door after similar allegations were made against him. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Riot Games sued over allegations of sexual harassment, pay disparity," 7 Nov. 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 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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