from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being false.
- n. Something false; a lie.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something that is false; an untrue assertion.
- n. The characteristic of being untrue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being false; coutrariety or want of conformity to truth.
- n. That which is false; falsehood; a lie; a false assertion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being false; contrariety or nonconformity to truth or fidelity; falseness.
- n. That which is false; a falsehood; a lie; a false assertion.
- n. Synonyms Falsity, etc. (see falsehood); incorrectness, erroneousness, fallaciousness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being false or untrue
- n. a false statement
BTW, actual falsity is not required for a perjury conviction under 18 USC § 1621.
In every litigated case, the parties disagree about whether the falsity is literal or only implicit.
Literal falsity is a dandy doctrine because it provides a way to end litigation quickly: judicial economy.
The final paragraph was cut for space — it's not absolutely necessary, but I liked the comparison: “In opera buffa, it usually ends when all the falsity is discovered,” Ganz goes on, “like the end of ‘Figaro,’ where everything is revealed, and all is happy.”
Unless you get rid of the Lanham Act and the FTC, kicking Kasky out of the running still leaves Nike subject to a plain falsity/misleadingness standard in its ads.
The Liavek shared-world stories, where one group, originated by Nate Bucklin [markiv1111] believes this to be the case; its truth or falsity is not established.
The denizens of this world are so lost in falsity and nothingness that they convict themselves even in their vain defenses of the disgusting behavior at issue.
Yet such was her distress I was sorry for her, though I believed it to be rooted and grounded in falsity, and that she had no need to regard with such disapprobation her sister's being indebted to an English gentleman who gave her in all honour the best he had.
All three elements of perjury [1). belief in falsity, 2). under oath, affirmation or penalty of perjury, and 3). materiality] are matters for a jury to determine.
Its subject idea is therefore an idea of a proposition and its predicate idea is the idea of falsity or lack of truth, i.e., non-truth.