Definition of allegation in English:

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Pronunciation: /alɪˈɡeɪʃ(ə)n/


A claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof: he made allegations of corruption against the administration allegations that the army was operating a shoot-to-kill policy
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  • The burden of proof in an allegation of undue influence rests upon the person who claims to have been wronged.
  • He said in the case of the association some people had been making allegations without proof.
  • Any allegation for nuisance is often met with a counter allegation which must also be investigated.
claim, assertion, declaration, statement, proclamation, contention, argument, affirmation, averment, avowal, attestation, testimony, certification, evidence, witness, charge, accusation, suggestion, implication, hint, insinuation, indication, intimation, imputation, plea, pretence, profession
informal making out
technical deposition, representation
rare asseveration


Late Middle English: from Latin allegatio(n-), from allegare 'allege'.

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