[Old French alegier to alleviate, free, confused with Old French alleguer to allege, from Medieval Latin allegare see allegata ]
1 : to state without proof or before proving
2 : to state (as a fact) in a pleading
: aver [failed to malice]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.