false: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (fôls), [key]
— adj., adv. fals•er, fals•est,
  1. not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.
  2. uttering or declaring what is untrue: a false witness.
  3. not faithful or loyal; treacherous: a false friend.
  4. tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression.
  5. not genuine; counterfeit.
  6. based on mistaken, erroneous, or inconsistent impressions, ideas, or facts: false pride.
  7. used as a substitute or supplement, esp. temporarily: false supports for a bridge.
  8. having a superficial resemblance to something that properly bears the name: the false acacia.
  9. not properly, accurately, or honestly made, done, or adjusted: a false balance.
  10. inaccurate in pitch, as a musical note.
  1. dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?
  2. to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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