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Etymology 1

From Old French aleger, from Latin alleviāre, from ad- + levis (light).

Verb

Infinitive
to allege

Third person singular
alleges

Simple past
alleged

Past participle
alleged

Present participle
alleging

to allege (third-person singular simple present alleges, present participle alleging, simple past and past participle alleged)

  1. (obsolete) To lighten, diminish.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book V:
      and suffir never your soveraynté to be alledged with your subjects, nother the soveraygne of your persone and londys.

Etymology 2

From Middle English aleggen < Anglo-Norman aleger, the form from Old French esligier < Mediaeval Latin *exlitigare (to clear at law) < Latin ex (out) + litigare (to sue at law), the meaning from Old French alleguer < Latin allegare (to send, depute, related, mention, adduce) < ad (to) + legare (to send).

Verb

Infinitive
to allege

Third person singular
alleges

Simple past
alleged

Past participle
alleged

Present participle
alleging

to allege (third-person singular simple present alleges, present participle alleging, simple past and past participle alleged)

  1. (transitive) To make a claim, a plea or offer justification for an act, especially before proof is available.
  2. (transitive) To make a statement under oath.
  3. (transitive) To make a mere assertion without any proof.
    The agency alleged my credit history had problems.
  4. (transitive) To urge a reason or excuse
  5. (archaic) To cite or quote an author or his work for or against.
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References

External links

  • allege in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • allege in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911







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