11/05/16 What do “ALLEGE” & “CONTEND” mean?

e-legal lesson

To allege is formally to state a matter of fact as being true or provable, without yet having proved it. It is worth noting that the word once denoted stating under oath, but this meaning no longer applies.
To contend, in the advocatory sense, means “to state one’s position in a polemical way, to submit.” (In its popular sense, contend means “to strive against.”)
Allege should not be used as a synonym of assert, maintain, declare, or claim.Allege has peculiarly accusatory connotations. One need not allege only the commission of crimes; but certainly the acts alleged must concern misfeasances or negligence.