Definition of alligation in English:

alligation

(also aligation)

noun

  • 1The action of attaching, joining, binding, or linking; the state or fact of being attached, joined, or bound; union, conjunction; combination. Now rare.

  • 2The arithmetical method of solving problems that involve the combining of things of different quality or price; an instance of the use of this method.

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Taverner (?1505–1575), translator and evangelical reformer. From classical Latin alligātiōn-, alligātiō action of tying or binding, bond from alligāt-, past participial stem of alligāre + -iō.

Pronunciation

alligation

/ˌalɪˈɡeɪʃn/