1. A formal and authoritative speech; an address.
2. Law A statement that is made by a defendant before a sentence is pronounced.
[Latin allocūtiō, allocūtiōn-, from allocūtus, past participle of alloquī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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