false pretence


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Noun1.false pretence - (law) an offense involving intent to defraud and false representation and obtaining property as a result of that misrepresentation
infraction, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation, infringement - a crime less serious than a felony
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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Looking back on my conduct from the moment I first set foot on your beach, I can see no false pretence that I have made about myself or my intentions.
Setting her own inclination apart, to have failed a second time in her engagement to Miss Tilney, to have retracted a promise voluntarily made only five minutes before, and on a false pretence too, must have been wrong.
Can you with honour be guilty of having under false pretences deceived a young woman and her family, and of having by these means treacherously robbed her of her innocence?
He as good as told him that he'd come out under false pretences, that the whole affair was a swindle and that the road could not be made.
Had he any prescience of the day, five years to come, when Josiah Bounderby of Coketown was to die of a fit in the Coketown street, and this same precious will was to begin its long career of quibble, plunder, false pretences, vile example, little service and much law?
In trickery, evasion, procrastination, spoliation, botheration, under false pretences of all sorts, there are influences that can never come to good.
to tell me that the first night he had brought you with him on false pretences.
He looks upon Kit as an intruder, as one who has obtained admission to that place on false pretences, who has enjoyed a privilege without being duly qualified.
But when questioned closely as to their grounds for this opinion, and what Master Marner had to gain by such false pretences, they only shook their heads as before, and observed that there was no knowing what some folks counted gain; moreover, that everybody had a right to their own opinions, grounds or no grounds, and that the weaver, as everybody knew, was partly crazy.
Then we are here on false pretences, and we stay here no longer,' he said.
He was planning to take advantage of the Hales' sympathy to obtain money from them on false pretences.
Miss Schlegel"--his voice was firm--"I have had you up on false pretences.