Definition of False

1. Adjective. Not in accordance with the fact or reality or actuality. "False tales of bravery"

2. Adverb. In a disloyal and faithless manner. "His wife played him false"

3. Adjective. Arising from error. "A mistaken view of the situation"
Exact synonyms: Mistaken
Similar to: Incorrect, Wrong
Derivative terms: Falseness, Falsity

4. Adjective. Erroneous and usually accidental. "A false alarm"
Similar to: Invalid

5. Adjective. Deliberately deceptive. "False pretenses"
Similar to: Insincere
Derivative terms: Falseness, Falsity

6. Adjective. Inappropriate to reality or facts. "False hopes"
Exact synonyms: Delusive
Similar to: Unrealistic
Derivative terms: Delude, Falseness, Falsity

7. Adjective. Not genuine or real; being an imitation of the genuine article. "A purse of simulated alligator hide"
Exact synonyms: Fake, Faux, Imitation, Simulated
Similar to: Artificial, Unreal
Derivative terms: Fake

8. Adjective. Designed to deceive. "A suitcase with a false bottom"
Similar to: Dishonest, Dishonorable

9. Adjective. Inaccurate in pitch. "Her singing was off key"
Exact synonyms: Off-key, Sour
Similar to: Inharmonious, Unharmonious

10. Adjective. Adopted in order to deceive. "Sham modesty"
Exact synonyms: Assumed, Fictitious, Fictive, Pretended, Put On, Sham
Similar to: Counterfeit, Imitative
Derivative terms: Falseness, Fiction, Sham, Sham

11. Adjective. (used especially of persons) not dependable in devotion or affection; unfaithful. "When lovers prove untrue"
Exact synonyms: Untrue
Similar to: Inconstant
Derivative terms: Falseness, Falsity

Definition of False

1. a. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness.

2. adv. Not truly; not honestly; falsely.

3. v. t. To report falsely; to falsify.

Definition of False

1. Adjective. Untrue, not factual, factually incorrect. ¹

2. Adjective. Based on factually incorrect premises: '''''false''' legislation'' ¹

3. Adjective. Spurious, artificial (as in ''false teeth''). ¹

4. Adjective. (logic) A state in Boolean logic that indicates a negative result. ¹

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Definition of False

1. contrary to truth or fact [adj FALSER, FALSEST] : FALSELY [adv]

Medical Definition of False

1. 1. Uttering falsehood; unveracious; given to deceit; dishnest; as, a false witness. 2. Not faithful or loyal, as to obligations, allegiance, vows, etc.; untrue; treacherous; perfidious; as, a false friend, lover, or subject; false to promises. "I to myself was false, ere thou to me." (Milton) 3. Not according with truth or reality; not true; fitted or likely to deceive or disappoint; as, a false statement. 4. Not genuine or real; assumed or designed to deceive; counterfeit; hypocritical; as, false tears; false modesty; false colours; false jewelry. "False face must hide what the false heart doth know." (Shak) 5. Not well founded; not firm or trustworthy; erroneous; as, a false claim; a false conclusion; a false construction in grammar. "Whose false foundation waves have swept away." (Spenser) 6. Not essential or permanent, as parts of a structure which are temporary or supplemental. 7. Not in tune. False arch, construction works to facilitate the erection of the main work, as scaffolding, bridge centering, etc. Origin: L. Falsus, p.p. Of fallere to deceive; cf. OF. Faus, fals, F. Faux, and AS. Fals fraud. See Fail, Fall. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of False

falls off
falls out
falls over
falls pregnant
falls short
falls under
false (current term)
false-memory syndrome
false-negative reaction
false-positive reaction
false Becke line
false acacia
false action
false agglutination
false alarm
false albuminuria
false alumroot
false anaemia

Literary usage of False

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"Though I think that when ideas themselves are termed true or false, there is still some secret or tacit proposition, which is the foundation of that ..."

2. The Spectator by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1830)
"I shall set down at length the genealogical table of false Humour, and, at the same time, place under it the genealogy of True Humour, that the reader may ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Edward Bradford ( Titchener, Granville Stanley Hall (1918)
"A (ab) is true and E(ab) is true is impossible, A(ab) is false and E(ab) is false is not impossible, III. I (ab) is true and O(ab) is true is not impossible ..."

4. The American and English Encyclopedia of Law by David Shephard Garland, John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie (1889)
"the various codes it makes but little difference whether the petition states a cause of action for malicious prosecution, or one for false imprisonment.1 ..."

5. Federal Statutes Annotated: Containing All the Laws of the United States, of by United States, Edward Thompson Company (1918)
"But the phrase " false and fraudulent writings '' in this lutter clause is broad enough to include powers of attorney and other papera used as vouchers. ..."

6. Publications (1848)
"cases I believe a false religion will not hurt,—which is i"^ most like to have been ... A false religion out of the church will not hurt or"th« the church, ..."

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