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FALSEHOOD Definition & Legal Meaning

Definition & Citations:

A statement or assertion known to be untrue, and intended to deceive.A willful act or declaration contrary to the truth. Putnam v. Osgood, 51 N. II. 207.In Scotch law. A fraudulent imitation or suppression of truth, to the prejudice ofanother. Hell. “Something used and published falsely.” An old Scottish nonicn juris.”Falsehood is undoubtedly a nominate crime, so much so that Sir George Mackenzieand our older lawyers used no other term for the falsification of writs, and the name’forgery’ has been of modern introduction.” “If there is any distinction to be madebetween ‘forgery’ and ‘falsehood,’ I would consider the latter to be more comprehensivethan the former.” 2 Broun, 77, 78.


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