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1. A formal and authoritative speech; an address.
2. Law A statement that is made by a defendant before a sentence is pronounced.

[Latin allocūtiō, allocūtiōn-, from allocūtus, past participle of alloquī, to speak to : ad-, ad- + loquī, to speak; see tolkw- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Rhetoric) rhetoric a formal or authoritative speech or address, esp one that advises, informs, or exhorts
[C17: from Late Latin allocūtiō, from Latin alloquī to address, from loquī to speak]
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(ˌæl əˈkyu ʃən)

a formal speech, esp. one that advises or exhorts.
[1605–15; < Latin allocūtiō=allocū-, variant s. of alloquī to speak to, address (al- al- + loquī to speak) + -tiō -tion]
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1. a particular or special way of speaking.
2. a formal address or speech.
See also: Rhetoric and Rhetorical Devices
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allocution - (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhortsallocution - (rhetoric) a formal or authoritative address that advises or exhorts
rhetoric - study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially in public speaking)
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
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A usually formal oral communication to an audience:
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for a victim to allocute. (236) Rather, the scope of the victim's
Scott argues on appeal that the district court committed procedural errors at the revocation hearing in failing to calculate or discuss the advisory Sentencing Guidelines range and in failing to afford him an opportunity to allocute.
When a company enters into a negotiated resolution with the DOJ, it must allocute; that is, it must admit, accept, and acknowledge responsibility for the underlying conduct that gave rise to liability.
The invitation to allocute at sentencing is a trap.
But bin Laden's attack on capitalism, hedonism, and consumerism doesn't need clarification; the thoughtfully acquiescent student has heard all of that before, and is prepared--even eager--to allocute to the charges.
(174) Defendants should have opportunities to allocute at plea hearings and at sentencing.