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adjective \ˈfȯls\

Definition of false

falser

falsest

  1. 1 :  not genuine <false documents> <false teeth>

  2. 2 a :  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. 3 :  not true <false concepts>

  4. 4 a :  not faithful or loyal :  treacherous <a false friend> b :  lacking naturalness or sincerity <false sympathy>

  5. 5 a :  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. 6 :  inaccurate in pitch <a false note>

  7. 7 a :  based on mistaken ideas <false pride> b :  inconsistent with the facts <a false position> <a false sense of security>

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

falsely

adverb

falseness

noun

Examples of false in a sentence

  1. Indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false.

  2. He registered at the hotel under a false name.

Origin and Etymology of false

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


First Known Use: 12th century

Synonym Discussion of false

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>.

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false

adverb

Definition of false

  1. :  in a false or faithless manner :  treacherously <his friends played him false>

13th Century

First Known Use of false

13th century



FALSE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective \ˈfȯls\

Definition of false for English Language Learners

  • : not real or genuine

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

  • : based on mistaken ideas


FALSE Defined for Kids

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false

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adjective \ˈfȯls\

Definition of false for Students

falser

falsest

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

  2. 2 :  not faithful or loyal <false friends>

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

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

falsely

adverb <She was falsely accused.>

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false

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adverb

Definition of false for Students

  1. :  in a dishonest or misleading manner <He spoke false.>


Medical Dictionary

false

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adjective \ˈfȯls\

Medical Definition of false

falser

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falsest

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

  2. 2:  artificially made <false teeth>

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

falsely

adverb

falseness

noun

Law Dictionary

false

adjective

Legal Definition of false

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

  2. 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

falsely

adverb

falseness

noun

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