Allegation

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Allegation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    allegation n
  1. (law) a formal accusation against somebody (often in a court of law); "an allegation of malpractice"
  2. statements affirming or denying certain matters of fact that you are prepared to prove [syn: allegement]
Allegation Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Allegation \Al`le*ga"tion\, n. [L. allegatio, fr. allegare, allegatum, to send a message, cite; later, to free by giving reasons; ad + legare to send, commission. Cf. Allege and Adlegation.]
  1. The act of alleging or positively asserting.
  2. That which is alleged, asserted, or declared; positive assertion; formal averment I thought their allegation but reasonable. --Steele.
  3. (Law) A statement by a party of what he undertakes to prove, -- usually applied to each separate averment; the charge or matter undertaken to be proved.
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An allegation (also called adduction) is a claim of a fact by a party in a pleading, which the party claims to be able to prove. Allegations remain assertions without proof, until they can be proved.

There are also marital allegations: marriage bonds and allegations exist for couples who applied to marry by licence. They do not exist for couples who married by banns. The marriage allegation was the document in which the couple alleged (or frequently just the groom alleged on behalf of both of them) that there were no impediments to the marriage.

Generally in a civil complaint a plaintiff alleges facts sufficient to establish all the elements of the claim and thus states a cause of action. The plaintiff must then carry the burden of proof and the burden of persuasion in order to succeed in the lawsuit.

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