falsify

verb fal·si·fy \ ˈfȯl-sə-ˌfī \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of falsify

falsified; falsifying
transitive verb
1 :to prove or declare false :disprove
2 :to make false: such as
a :to make false by mutilation or addition
  • the accounts were falsified to conceal a theft
b :to represent falsely :misrepresent
3 :to prove unsound by experience
intransitive verb
:to tell lies :lie

falsifiability

play \ˌfȯl-sə-ˌfī-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

falsifiable

play \ˌfȯl-sə-ˈfī-ə-bəl\ adjective

falsification

play \ˌfȯl-sə-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

falsifier

play \ˈfȯl-sə-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of falsify in a Sentence

  1. He was caught falsifying financial accounts.

  2. taking that statement completely out of context essentially falsifies it, whether that's your intention or not

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Origin and Etymology of falsify

Middle English falsifien, from Middle French falsifier, from Medieval Latin falsificare, from Latin falsus


FALSIFY Defined for English Language Learners

falsify

verb

Definition of falsify for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) false : to change (something) in order to make people believe something that is not true


FALSIFY Defined for Kids

falsify

verb fal·si·fy \ ˈfȯl-sə-ˌfī \

Definition of falsify for Students

falsified; falsifying
:to change in order to deceive
  • They were caught falsifying their records.

Law Dictionary

falsify

transitive verb fal·si·fy \ ˈfȯl-si-ˌfī \

legal Definition of falsify

falsified; falsifying
:to make false: as
a :to make (as a document) false by mutilation, alteration, or addition
  • the motel clerk had falsified the records
  • —M. A. Kelly
b :to report (as information) falsely
  • the informant falsified his testimony


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