statement of a fact in a pleading, that will be attempted to be proven

In law, an allegation is a claim of an unproven fact by a party in a pleading, charge, or defense. Until they can be proved, allegations remain merely assertions.

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  • The Assembly has witnessed over the last weeks how historical truth is established; once an allegation has been repeated a few times, it is no longer an allegation, it is an established fact, even if no evidence has been brought out in order to support it.
    • Dag Hammarskjöld, On accusations by Nikita Khrushchev, as quoted in The Times [London] (4 October 1960)
  • As a man of scientific temper, I will not forgive them if they repeat their allegation without substantiating it. You see, the case with allegations is simple: either you prove them, or you withdraw them and offer apologies.
    • Koenraad Elst, Ayodhya and After: Issues Before Hindu Society (1991)

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