Adjective "false" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/fɔːls//fɒls/

Definitions and examples

adjective

Not according with truth or fact; incorrect.
  1. 'the allegations were false'
  2. 'It will also be a criminal offence to give false or misleading information to the Ombudsman Commission.'
  3. 'We make no claim that something is incorrect, false, or erroneous.'
  4. 'Modal logic has a more sophisticated truth definition in which formulas are not simply globally true or false; their truth depends on your point of view.'
  5. 'Another abuse of the freedom of expression would be to make a false statement of fact that others could be expected to rely upon when making a decision to purchase something.'
  6. 'In recent years, I have become convinced that one of the biggest obstacles to information security is incorrect reasoning based on false analogies.'
  7. 'This study points out that most of the published results of medical research are, in fact, false.'
  8. 'He was found guilty of sexual harassment, making false mileage claims, giving false or misleading information to the club's marketing committee and gross incompetence.'
  9. 'Her statement, however, is incorrigibly abstract and false in its application to the circumstances.'
  10. 'The distinction between natural and artificial chemical is a false one, used by advertisers to market a product and usually at a higher cost!'
  11. 'There are three main aspects of market abuse - misuse of information, creating false / misleading impressions, and distortion.'
  12. 'The accused, who were all Chinese and from London, admitted various charges including grievous bodily harm, kidnap and false imprisonment.'
  13. 'He was arrested later that day, and on May 17 this year was convicted of rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault at Maidstone Crown Court.'
  14. 'From what I'm hearing about the allegations, they don't mention anything about false imprisonment or kidnapping.'
  15. 'Two men, both from Rochdale and aged 30 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of kidnap, false imprisonment and sexual assault.'
  16. 'Action to prevent a forced marriage currently has to be brought about through laws on false imprisonment, threatening behaviour, harassment or assault.'
Made to imitate something in order to deceive.
  1. 'a false passport'
  2. 'A court heard how 30 fake Belgian and ten false French passports were found in the lining of a bag after Customs officers checked luggage off a flight from Zurich.'
  3. 'Mr North removed the bottom portion of the false wall and found measures of damp using a resistance machine but his wife insists that this has not been investigated fully by the inspectors.'
  4. 'Six weeks ago, using a false passport, he apparently sneaked into the United States and decided to seek political asylum on the basis of his past relations with the CIA.'
  5. 'In February 2002, a Kenyan diamond dealer based in Liberia was arrested in Belgium on charges of criminal association and using a false passport.'
  6. 'He admitted helping people to get hold of false passports and Sim cards for mobile phones but denied any involvement in the credit card fraud.'
  7. 'One had stayed illegally after her six-month visa had expired, the other had been in the UK for some years after being brought into the country on a false passport.'
  8. 'Ships, towns, and whole armies might fly or display false arms to deceive the enemy.'
  9. 'Customs and Excise officers x-rayed his suitcase full of women's clothing he claimed was his girlfriend's and then ripped open its false bottom to uncover the drugs.'
  10. 'He faced Labor attacks over claims members of his Department encouraged failed asylum seekers to obtain false passports.'
  11. 'A bag stuffed with fake passports and false IDs found abandoned near Heathrow airport may be linked to West Yorkshire.'
  12. 'Giselle blinked with her long, false eyelashes, then began to lead the way, Desiree trailing behind her.'
  13. 'Cohen saw potential in a beauty parlour where women could get make-up done, have eyebrows plucked or false eyelash extensions applied.'
  14. 'Her make-up was all warm brown and dark black tones, and if Anne's wasn't mistaken… she was wearing false eyelashes.'
  15. 'For a subtle effect, use only half a false eyelash on the outer corner of each eye; apply from the outer edge in.'
  16. 'a horribly false smile'
  17. 'Crystal approached her with a motherly smile and a false calm performance.'
  18. 'Another small gem goes like this: ‘Resist whispered speech and false pleasant smiles when in the boss's company.’'
  19. 'She grinned, the smile feeling false on her face.'
  20. 'They still wore somber colors and false smiles.'
  21. 'She gave him a false smile and dissolved into a bout of strong tears, overwhelmed with emotion of such change that had taken place and yearning for her real home, the home she belonged in.'
  22. 'Faith said with false sympathy that sounded sincere.'
  23. 'Emerald smiled faintly, but the smile seemed false.'
  24. 'I stifled a false sob and smiled weakly, as in my mind I thought how ridiculous this whole situation was.'
  25. 'Nobara walked quickly down the stairs, looking from side to side, flashing a false smile to the crowd.'
  26. 'However, she had to continue her façade of being a noble lady, so she simply forced a false smile onto her face.'
Illusory; not actually so.
  1. 'As far as events on-field go, you will know that our top-secret plan of attempting to lull the opposition into a false sense of security by performing abysmally in the pool games almost came off.'
  2. 'We see people winning the game and losing, and those that think they are winning are fooled into a false security that actually makes them losers.'
  3. 'Cruising on a motorway is undemanding and lures drivers into a false sense of security, many of them feeling that just one hand loosely resting on the bottom of the steering wheel is adequate for control.'
  4. 'Now several papers are suggesting the election battle may be much closer in key marginal seats and that Michael Howard is trying to lull Labour and its supporters into a false sense of security in order to sneak a victory.'
  5. 'Teaching kids that men are inherently evil is as wrong as teaching them that the world contains no bad whatsoever - a false picture, a false sense of security.'
  6. 'But the US vetoed the protocol, claiming that it would create a false sense of security while not actually catching cheats.'
  7. 'Yet this merely lulls you into a false sense of security, as you imagine you are about to be taken on a trip down memory lane.'
  8. 'It's a false sense of security that they are actually holding on to.'
  9. 'In the darker months, schoolchildren particularly would venture on to the moor, lulled into a false sense of security because it would be ‘an official cycleway’.'
  10. 'The review has not produced any dramatic u-turns, and certainly not a management clear-out (unless Olver is lulling us all into a false sense of security).'
  11. 'Although suffering from an overabundance of names, false holly makes a handsome evergreen accent at the back of the border.'
  12. 'The whole family fortune is lavished upon diadems and necklaces of true or false gems. They have no other wealth.'
  13. 'Other plants are false nettle, a pink Saint-John's wort, and two species of white-flowered smartweeds.'
Disloyal; unfaithful.
  1. 'True in love ever be, unless thy lover's false to thee.'

Definitions

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, especially temporarily: false supports for a bridge. 8

More examples(as adjective)

"claims can be false in respects."

"campaigns can be false from starts."

"appearances can be false of objects."

"victors can be false on sides."

"theories can be false to facts."

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Origin

Old English fals ‘fraud, deceit’, from Latin falsum ‘fraud’, neuter past participle of fallere ‘deceive’; reinforced or re-formed in Middle English from Old French fals, faus ‘false’.

Phrase

false position