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Word of the Day: allege

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 29, 2020

allege: verb

Definition:
1: to assert without proof or before proving
2: to bring forward as a reason or excuse


DID YOU KNOW?
These days, someone alleges something before presenting the evidence to prove it (or perhaps without evidence at all), but the word actually derives from the Middle English verb alleggen, meaning "to submit (something) in evidence or as justification." Alleggen, in turn, traces back to Anglo-French and probably ultimately to Latin allegare, meaning "to send as a representative" or "to offer as proof in support of a plea." Indeed, allege once referred to the actions of someone who came forward to testify in court; this sense isn't used anymore, but it led to the development of the current "assert without proof" sense.
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