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suppressio veri


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A misrepresentation of the truth by the omission or suppression of certain key facts; a lie of omission. Compare suggestio falsi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Suppression of truth; in law, an undue concealment or non-disclosure of facts and circumstances which one party is under a legal or equitable obligation to communicate, and which the other party has a right—not merely in conscience, but juris et de jure—to know. Minor. Compare suggestio falsi.


Latin: suppressiō ("a pressing down”, “suppression") + vērī (“of reality”, genitive singular form of vērum, “reality”, “fact”) = “a pressing down of reality” ≈ “suppression of the truth” (Wiktionary)


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  • "Dissimulation was nothing remotely new to Maturin: to it he owed his continuing existence. Yet this particular suppressio veri was by no means his province."
    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 34

    March 27, 2008