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false

adjective [not gradable]  /fɔls/ us  

false adjective [not gradable] (NOT REAL)

(of things) not real, but made to look real, or (of information) not true but made to seem true in order to deceive: Haban used false identification to enter France. The company presented clients with documents containing false information.

false adjective [not gradable] (NOT CORRECT)

not correct or true: "Three plus three is seven. True or false?" "False." Note: said about information or an idea

false adjective [not gradable] (NOT SINCERE)

(of people or their manner) dishonest or not sincere: “I think of myself as great,” said Tyler, abandoning false modesty.
falsely
adverb [not gradable]  /ˈfɔls·li/ us  
She was falsely accused of shoplifting.
falsify
verb [T]  /ˈfɔl·səˌfɑɪ/ us  
She falsified the accounting records.
falsity
noun [U]  /ˈfɔl·sɪ·t̬i/ ( also falseness,  /ˈfɔl·snəs/) us  
fml We’re trying to determine the truth or falsity of your previous statement.
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