al·​lo·​cu·​tion | \ ˌa-lə-ˈkyü-shən \

Definition of allocution

: a formal speech especially : an authoritative or hortatory address

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Defendants are routinely, and properly, allowed to bring up their family backgrounds during allocution. Samantha Swindler,, "Judge Walker violated victim's right to be heard, Oregon Supreme Court rules," 2 May 2018 However, there is a far more intriguing figure lurking between the lines of that Papadopolous allocution. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "George Papadopoulos Is the First Crack in the Wall," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of allocution

1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allocution

Latin allocution-, allocutio, from alloqui to speak to, from ad- + loqui to speak

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al·​lo·​cu·​tion | \ ˌa-lə-ˈkyü-shən \

Legal Definition of allocution

: a formal speech especially : one made by a defendant at the time of sentencing

History and Etymology for allocution

Latin allocutio, from alloqui to speak to, from ad to + loqui to speak

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