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?
Recent Examples on the Web Huizar, who has pleaded not guilty to unrelated charges of taking bribes from downtown real estate developers, denied the allegation. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2022 Washington, the Pakistani military and the government of Khan’s successor, Shahbaz Sharif, have all denied the allegation. Munir Ahmed, ajc, 25 Aug. 2022 Ratray, who denied the allegation in a phone call with CNN, is currently facing domestic violence charges stemming from an unrelated incident in Oklahoma last December involving his then-girlfriend. Chloe Melas, CNN, 24 Aug. 2022 Washington, the Pakistani military and Sharif's government have all denied the allegation. Munir Ahmed, USA TODAY, 23 Aug. 2022 Sanz’ lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has denied the allegation, saying that the woman sought a $7.5 million payout before filing the suit last year. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 23 Aug. 2022 Washington, the Pakistani military, and Sharif’s government have all denied the allegation. Munir Ahmed,, 22 Aug. 2022 Ross denied the allegation, and the league’s findings said nobody at the team, including Ross, instructed Flores to throw games. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 22 Aug. 2022 Department of Corrections spokesman Benjamin Jarvela denied the allegation, saying via email that Virginia does not use solitary confinement. Gregory S. Schneider, Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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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