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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Recent Examples on the Web Scott was jailed due to an allegation of assaulting a 14-year-old white girl in Boone County. al, "Missouri lynching marker vanishes a week after it was installed," 7 May 2021 Latest updates: Windsor officials failed to uncover an allegation that Dominic Foppoli assaulted a woman in a hot tub. Julie Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Windsor to elect new council member amid Mayor Dominic Foppoli sexual assault allegations," 4 May 2021 Another student’s allegation of inappropriate touching by another sitting trustee in May 2019 was never investigated. oregonlive, "Longtime Linfield donor resigns from board, ‘appalled’ by firing of professor who held endowed chair in her name," 3 May 2021 Kantor pointed out that Robert’s counsel previously made a different allegation but is now backtracking. Marc Freeman,, "Racism complaints against Boca police resurface in ex-cop’s discrimination lawsuit," 26 Apr. 2021 Carrillo also made the abuse allegation directly to L.A. County DCFS, according to Miller, who said social workers had not yet performed a formal interview with Denton about the claim. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Mother unraveled in depression, QAnon-style conspiracies in months before she killed 3 kids," 17 Apr. 2021 Millsap made the allegation in a tweet on Wednesday. Tim Reynolds, ajc, "Millsap expresses concerns about probe into Jazz allegation," 27 Feb. 2021 The school’s spokesman, Bill Wyatt, also made the same allegation to the Roanoke Times. Washington Post, "Investigation into racism at VMI moves forward after dispute over lawyers at interviews," 20 Feb. 2021 The mother of four made the bombshell allegation on Tuesday night’s episode of Teen Mom 2 while telling a show producer, Patrick, about her struggles with co-parenting with Marroquin, 27. Alexia Fernandez,, "Teen Mom 2: Kailyn Lowry Claims Her Engaged Ex-Husband Javi Marroquin Asked to Have Sex with Her," 13 Oct. 2020

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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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“Allegation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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