false pretense

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false′ pretense′

an illegal, deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
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Noun1.false pretense - (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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You may charge me with murder--or want of sense--(We are all of us weak at times): But the slightest approach to a false pretense Was never among my crimes!
I have only now discovered that he obtained these recommendations from his friends under a false pretense, which it is needless to trouble you by mentioning in detail.
In the third place, I have good reason to believe that you entered Miss Ladd's school as a teacher, under false pretenses.
I leave you to decide whether the woman who has shown you that letter--having something important to say to you--is a person who is mean enough to say it under false pretenses.
With the matron's arrival the foredoomed end of the flimsy false pretenses and the cruel delays had come.
He added that Brown failed to appear in the concert not because of any false pretense on his part but due to reasons beyond their control.
PNN On Sunday 26th May, Israeli Occupation Forces razed Palestinian-owned land in Hebron and Nablus under the false pretense of "searching for ruins".
Voluntary parting with any property by you or anyone else to whom you have entrusted the property if induced to do so by any fraudulent scheme, trick, device or false pretense.
was charged with obtaining property by false pretense, insurance fraud, and felony conspiracy.
Impeachment is warranted for their "deceiving the public under the false pretense that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction" and "destroying" the reputation of the United States and the goodwill of other nations, the group said in a letter approved by its board during a mid-August meeting.
Most of the false pretense of the West is more subtle than importing the London Bridge or creating a rainforest in a Las Vegas hotel.
Alther was arrested and charged with Attempting to Obtain Money under False Pretense.