Allegation



the act of ; affirmation.
an assertion made with little or no proof.
an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.
Contemporary Examples

In its motion to dismiss, UMass denied this allegation, and Haidak refuted the school’s claim in his opposition to the motion.
Is UMass-Amherst Biased Against Male Students in Title IX Assault Cases? Emily Shire August 17, 2014

The allegation may or may not be true, but it is not implausible.
In Jerusalem Home Demolitions, the Biblical Justice of Revenge Creede Newton November 24, 2014

For the French cops, 14 years of Fayed conspiracy campaigning has represented one enormous “allegation.”
Princess Diana’s 50th Birthday: The ‘Unanswered Questions’ Martyn Gregory June 30, 2011

This hardly seems to be an atmosphere that encourages a sexual assault victim to follow through with an allegation.
Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College Michael Daly September 27, 2014

Yet, whatever happens going forward in the Zazi case, it will be hard to discredit the initial arrest and allegation.
Feds on a Terror Tear Karen Greenberg, Francesca Laguardia September 28, 2009

Historical Examples

As to the other points in her allegation, Priscilla had no better or broader foundation.
A Soldier’s Trial Charles King

Burke shook his head emphatically in denial of the allegation.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

Blount, at his trial, confessed there was no foundation for the allegation.
Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing

He wished very much to deny the allegation, or at least to dodge the truth.
Cap’n Dan’s Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln

So the request was made of me to contact Mr. Wade to find out if that allegation was in the indictment.
Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) The President’s Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

noun
the act of alleging
an unproved statement or assertion, esp one in an accusation
n.

early 15c., “action of alleging,” from Middle French allégation, from Latin allegationem (nominative allegatio) “a sending, despatching,” noun of action from past participle stem of allegare (see allege).

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  • Allege

    to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath. to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse. Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation. Contemporary Examples What the film does allege is that OBI may have […]

  • Allegeable

    to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath. to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse. Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation. verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) to declare in or […]



  • Alleged

    declared or stated to be as described; asserted: The alleged murderer could not be located for questioning. doubtful; suspect; supposed: The alleged cure-all produced no results when it was tested by reputable doctors. to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as […]

  • Alleger

    to assert without proof. to declare with positiveness; affirm; assert: to allege a fact. to declare before a court or elsewhere, as if under oath. to plead in support of; offer as a reason or excuse. Archaic. to cite or quote in confirmation. verb (transitive; may take a clause as object) to declare in or […]



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