forgery


forg·ery

noun \ˈfrj-rē, ˈfr-jə-\

: the crime of falsely making or copying a document in order to deceive people

: something that is falsely made or copied in order to deceive people : something that is forged

plural forg·er·ies

Full Definition of FORGERY

1
archaic :  invention
2
:  something forged
3
:  an act of forging; especially :  the crime of falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document (as a check)

Examples of FORGERY

  1. <that is a cheap forgery, not an authentic Ming Dynasty vase>

First Known Use of FORGERY

1583

Other Legal Terms

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forgery

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In law, the making of a false writing with the intent to defraud. “Writing” need not be handwriting: the law of forgery also covers printing, engraving, and keyboarding. Counterfeiting is usually regarded as a specific type of forgery. Checks, negotiable instruments, contracts, wills, and deeds are examples of documents that may be forged. Evidence may also be forged. Forgery requires fraudulent intent; it is not forgery to sign another's name, fill in blanks, or alter a genuine writing in the honest, though mistaken, belief that such conduct is authorized.

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