- The definition of an allegation is an accusation against someone without proof.
An example of an allegation is when a parent accuses his child of stealing money out of his wallet, but he is only making a guess since he didn’t see it happen.
- An allegation is defined as an accusation made by a person or a group of people in a legal setting, which then needs to be proven through an investigation.
An example of an allegation is when a group of children come forward and say a specific adult sexually abused them, and then the police investigate in order to discover whether or not there is enough proof for an arrest.
- the act of alleging
- something alleged; assertion
- an assertion made without proof
- Law an assertion, made in a pleading, that its maker proposes to support with evidence
Origin of allegationMiddle English allegacioun ; from Old French allegation ; from Classical Latin allegatio ; from allegare: see allege
- An assertion that someone has done something wrong, often without proof: Allegations of excessive drinking tarnished the CEO's reputation.
- Law An assertion that someone has engaged in an unlawful act.
Origin of allegationFrench allégation, from Latin allēgātiō, allēgātiōn-, from allēgātus, past participle of allēgāre, to dispatch, adduce : ad-, ad- + lēgāre, to depute; see legate.
allegation - Legal Definition
- An assertion of fact that one intends to prove at trial, especially one in a legal pleading such as a complaint, counterclaim, or indictment.
- Any declaration of something to be true without giving any proof.