false

adjective
\ ˈfȯls How to pronounce false (audio) \
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.

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In Chicago, the false identification that embroiled Bennett-Johnson and Brooks was equally strange. nola.com, "He died after the family took him off life support; then he walked through the door," 15 June 2019 These statements range from flatly false to mostly so. Hope Yen And Calvin Woodward, chicagotribune.com, "Fact check: Trump's statements on Iran, trade and the wall range from a little off to flatly false," 15 June 2019 In Chicago, the false identification that embroiled Bennett-Johnson and Brooks was equally strange. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "He died after the family took him off life support. Then he walked through the door.," 14 June 2019 Now, psychologists and other scientists studying interrogation methods and false confessions are placing more scrutiny on a piece of evidence once held as irrefutable in a court of law. Alex Fox, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: The science of false confessions, transforming blood types, and Brazil’s war on drugs," 14 June 2019 The decision made clear that the court saw no evidence that Lee’s testimony about the towel was intentionally false or anything other than a mistaken recollection. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "State Supreme Court blasts renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee and throws out 1989 murder convictions of two New Milford men," 14 June 2019 Speaking about the sanctions back in May, Raiola claimed that the accusations were based on false grounds. SI.com, "Mino Raiola Has Worldwide Suspension From Football Activity Annulled After Recent Appeal," 14 June 2019 Gates was the business partner of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman who was sentenced to 47 months in prison on charges of bank fraud, filing false tax returns and failure to report foreign assets. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "House Intel subpoenas Michael Flynn, Rick Gates for further testimony," 13 June 2019 Present at the event was medical gadfly Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has been campaigning against vaccines on the basis of false science since 2005. Time, "'They’re Chipping Away.' Inside the Grassroots Effort to Fight Mandatory Vaccines," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Meanwhile, forcing axioms, which deem the continuum hypothesis false by adding a new size of infinity, would also extend the frontiers of mathematics in other directions. Quanta Magazine, "To Settle Infinity Dispute, a New Law of Logic," 26 Nov. 2013 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 and Adverb

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

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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 How to pronounce false (audio) \
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 How to pronounce false (audio) \
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

Other Words from false

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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