false

adjective
\ˈfȯls \
falser; falsest

Definition of false 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not genuine false documents false teeth

2a : intentionally untrue false testimony

b : adjusted or made so as to deceive false scales a trunk with a false bottom

c : intended or tending to mislead a false promise

3 : not true false concepts

4a : not faithful or loyal : treacherous a false friend

b : lacking naturalness or sincerity false sympathy

5a : not essential or permanent used of parts of a structure that are temporary or supplemental

b : fitting over a main part to strengthen it, to protect it, or to disguise its appearance a false ceiling

6 : inaccurate in pitch a false note

7a : based on mistaken ideas false pride

b : inconsistent with the facts a false position a false sense of security

8 : threateningly sudden or deceptive don't make any false moves

false

adverb

Definition of false (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a false or faithless manner : treacherously his friends played him false

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Other Words from false

Adjective

falsely adverb
falseness noun

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Adjective

faithless, false, disloyal, traitorous, treacherous, perfidious mean untrue to what should command one's fidelity or allegiance. faithless applies to any failure to keep a promise or pledge or any breach of allegiance or loyalty. faithless allies false stresses the fact of failing to be true in any manner ranging from fickleness to cold treachery. betrayed by false friends disloyal implies a lack of complete faithfulness to a friend, cause, leader, or country. disloyal to their country traitorous implies either actual treason or a serious betrayal of trust. traitorous acts punishable by death treacherous implies readiness to betray trust or confidence. a treacherous adviser perfidious adds to faithless the implication of an incapacity for fidelity or reliability. a perfidious double-crosser

Examples of false in a Sentence

Adjective

Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false. He registered at the hotel under a false name.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Three had their names removed and said the claims were false. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "UW students publish online ‘rape list’ out of hopelessness," 26 Oct. 2018 That drinking ginger ale soothes upset stomachs. Because that, folks, is straight-up false. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Ginger Ale Isn't Good for Upset Stomachs," 9 Oct. 2018 There were false accusations, removal of my responsibilities. Jessica Press, Redbook, "Women Need to Know They Don't Have to Take Bullying in the Workplace," 19 Sep. 2018 If Beale Street Could Talk is a love story set in Harlem, one that quickly devolves into tragedy when the young protagonists, Fonny and Tish, are threatened by false accusations of rape against Fonny by another woman. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Moonlight Director Barry Jenkins Celebrates James Baldwin’s Birthday With New Trailer for If Beale Street Could Talk," 2 Aug. 2018 Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Unidentified Plane Bae Woman's Statement Confirms the Worst," 13 July 2018 Facebook also faces calls for regulation from many lawmakers and the public over the privacy issue, Russian efforts to manipulate the 2016 presidential election and the spread of false information on the platform. Fortune, "The Biggest Communications Union in the U.S. Is Calling for the FTC to Break Up Facebook," 9 July 2018 Some argue that milk loses nutrients during pasteurization, but this is patently false. David J. Neal, charlotteobserver, "Nine things a food safety lawyer won’t eat, at home or in a restaurant," 6 July 2018 Hartford police officers will don body cameras by the end of the year, a push by city leaders to boost transparency, protect the public and shield law enforcement officials from false accusations. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Council Greenlights Purchase Of Body-Worn Cameras For Police," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Any assertion otherwise on the latter front rings false given that, as acting commissioner, Selig had to have known about the FBI’s Operation Equine, an early ’90s investigation into PED distribution that included McGwire and Canseco. Jay Jaffe, SI.com, "Roger Clemens, Arguably the Greatest Pitcher of All-Time, Is Trending Toward Hall of Fame Induction," 13 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of false

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for false

Adjective

Middle English fals, faus, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere to deceive

Adverb

see false entry 1

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false

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of false

: not real or genuine

: not true or accurate; especially : deliberately untrue : done or said to fool or deceive someone

: based on mistaken ideas

false

adjective
\ˈfȯls \
falser; falsest

Kids Definition of false

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not true, genuine, or honest false testimony false documents false teeth

2 : not faithful or loyal false friends

3 : not based on facts or sound judgment a false feeling of security

4 : careless sense 2 One false step, and he could slip …— Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee

Other Words from false

falsely adverb She was falsely accused.

false

adverb

Kids Definition of false (Entry 2 of 2)

: in a dishonest or misleading manner He spoke false.

false

adjective
\ˈfȯls \
falser; falsest

Medical Definition of false 

1 : not corresponding to truth or reality a test for HIV which gave false results

2 : artificially made false teeth

3 : of a kind related to or resembling another kind that is usually designated by the unqualified vernacular false oats

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falsely adverb
falseness noun

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false

adjective

Legal Definition of false 

1 : not genuine, authentic, or legitimate — compare counterfeit

2a : not true or correct especially : intentionally or knowingly untrue or incorrect injured by false accusations

b : intended to mislead or deceive : deceptive, misleading — compare fraudulent

Other Words from false

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falseness noun

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