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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Lawyers for Gerald Reed had raised the issue after Milan decided to proceed with a new trial despite Reed’s conviction for a double murder being thrown out in December amid allegations that detectives under Burge tortured him into confessing. Megan Crepeau,, "Burge-related hearing grows contentious as attorneys seek to oust special prosecutor," 14 June 2019 MiMedx last month addressed these allegations in a report following a monthslong investigation by the audit committee of the company board. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "VA Bans Injectable Wound-Care Products From MiMedx and Other Companies for Many Uses," 14 June 2019 Her mother-in-law, Teresa Szczepanowicz, had stood before the court minutes earlier and refuted allegations that her son was abusive. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County woman describes torture, abuse from husband — and the day she killed him," 14 June 2019 The Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana, which raised allegations about the bank's lending practices, was part of the settlement. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "First Merchants Bank announces DOJ settlement of redlining allegations," 14 June 2019 The allegations have infuriated many longtime NRA members, who are demanding transparency about how their dues are being spent. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A look inside the finances of the NRA," 14 June 2019 Detectives had been seeking to question Gooding about the allegation since early Monday after the accuser called police. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Here's the Cuba Gooding Jr video: Does it show him groping accuser?," 14 June 2019 The White House has argued that the OSC’s allegations target Conway’s right to free speech. Renae Reints, Fortune, "What Is the Hatch Act? Why Kellyanne Conway Is Accused of Violations," 13 June 2019 The allegations exploded into an overnight, nationwide scandal. Sara Harrison, WIRED, "Russia Targets Tinder as a Warning to Facebook and Twitter," 12 June 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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