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Dictionary Definition

alleged adj
1 declared but not proved; "alleged abuses of housing benefits"- Wall Street Journal
2 doubtful or suspect; "these so-called experts are no help" [syn: alleged(a), so-called, supposed]

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Verb form

  1. past of allege





Extensive Definition

distinguish alligation An allegation is a statement of a fact by a party in a pleading, which the party claims it will prove. Allegations remain assertions without proof, until they are proved.
There are also marriage allegations: marriage bonds and allegations exist for only 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 crime and thus create a cause of action. The plaintiff must then carry the burden of proof and burden of persuasion in order to succeed in its lawsuit.
A defendant can allege affirmative defenses in its answer to the complaint.
Other allegations are required in a pleading to establish the correct jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction.

Disjunctive allegations

Disjunctive allegations are allegations in a pleading joined together by "or"s. In a complaint, disjunctive allegations are usually per se defective because such a pleading does not put the party on notice of which allegations they must defend.
On the other hand, defendants often plead in the alternative by listing seemingly inconsistent defenses. For example, "I did not do the crime", "if I did, I didn't know", or "even if I did know, I've got a good excuse." Such a pleading may be considered disjunctive and may be permissible.
Allegations are, by definition, always false. Q.E.D.

See also

alleged in French: allégation

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