21/6/17 Allege, Accuse, and Contend

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To allege something is to say that it’s true before it has been proved, especially in court.

  • The plaintiff alleges negligence on the part of the defendant.
Facts, not people, are alleged, so the common phrase “alleged robber” is not quite correct.
Allege should not be used informally to mean “assert,” “claim,” “declare,” “maintain,” or the like.
To accuse someone of something is to say that the person did it, and especially to bring formal charges.
  • The accused slayer…
To contend something is to state a position.
  • We contend that the witness is biased.

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