- The definition of allege means to say something unproven or something without any facts to verify it.
To report in a newspaper that a person has broken the law without that person being found guilty is an example of allege.
- to assert positively, or declare; affirm; esp., to assert without proof
- to offer as a plea, excuse, etc.: in his defense he alleged temporary insanity
- Archaic to cite as an authority (for or against)
Origin: Middle English aleggen, to produce as evidence; form ; from Old French esligier ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exlitigare ; from Classical Latin ex-, out of plush litigare (see litigate); meaning influenced, influence by Old French alleguer, declare on oath ; from Classical Latin allegare, to send, mention, adduce ; from ad-, to plush legare, to send: see legate
- allegeable adjective
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transitive verb al·leged, al·leg·ing, al·leg·es
- To assert to be true; affirm: alleging his innocence of the charge.
- To assert without or before proof: The indictment alleges that the commissioner took bribes.
- To state (a plea or excuse, for example) in support or denial of a claim or accusation: The defendant alleges temporary insanity.
- Archaic To bring forward as an authority.
Origin: Middle English alleggen, from Old French alegier, to vindicate, justify (influenced by aleguer, to give a reason), from esligier, to pay a fine, justify oneself, from Late Latin *exlītigāre, to clear at law : Latin ex-, out; see ex- + Latin lītigāre, to sue; see litigate.
- al·legeˈa·ble adjective
- al·legˈer noun