: an act of forging; especially : the crime of falsely and fraudulently making or altering a document (as a check)
Examples of FORGERY
- <that is a cheap forgery, not an authentic Ming Dynasty vase>
First Known Use of FORGERY
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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