1. An assertion that someone has done something wrong, often without proof: Allegations of excessive drinking tarnished the CEO's reputation.
2. Law An assertion that someone has engaged in an unlawful act.
[French allégation, from Latin allēgātiō, allēgātiōn-, from allēgātus, past participle of allēgāre, to dispatch, adduce : ad-, ad- + lēgāre, to depute; see LEGATE.]
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