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1 : the act of alleging
2 a : a statement not yet proven [s in an affidavit]
b : a statement by a party to a lawsuit of what the party will attempt to prove
: averment compare accusation, indictment, information, proof
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.