false pretences


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false pretences

pl n
1. (Law) criminal law a former name for deception. See obtaining by deception
2. a similar misrepresentation used to obtain anything, such as trust or affection (esp in the phrase under false pretences)
Translations
تَصَرُّفات خَدّاعَه
falešné důvody
falske forudsætninger
csalárd fondorlat
svik, falskar forsendur
falošná zámienka
yapmacık tavır

pretend

(priˈtend) verb
1. to make believe that something is true, in play. Let's pretend that this room is a cave!; Pretend to be a lion!; He wasn't really angry – he was only pretending.
2. to try to make it appear (that something is true), in order to deceive. He pretended that he had a headache; She was only pretending to be asleep; I pretended not to understand.
preˈtence , (American) preˈtense (-s) noun
(an) act of pretending. Under the pretence of friendship, he persuaded her to get into his car.
false pretences
acts or behaviour intended to deceive. He got the money under false pretences.
References in classic literature ?
What were we to do with the frail little creature we had lured back to life by false pretences? I offered my pockets, but Tony shook her head and carefully put the green insect in her hair, tying her big handkerchief down loosely over her curls.
In the next place, no credit ought to be given to those who endeavour to deceive the people with false pretences; for they will be [1308a] confuted by facts.
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.
How was I to know that it was obtaining money under false pretences? It simply seemed to me a darned good way of collecting a few dollars.
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 had to tell me a great deal more before I could quite believe him.
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.
Tom consulted a lawyer about a divorce, on the ground of "false pretences." He was even ready to make an affidavit that he had been slaughtered.
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.