Duhaime's Law Dictionary


False Definition:

An intentional or accidental untruth.

In Wilkinson, Justice McMahon of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench used these words:

"The word false has two distinct and well-recognized meanings: intentionally or knowingly or negligently untrue; (or) untrue by mistake or accident, or honestly after the exercise of reasonable care ....

"A thing is called false when it is done, or made, with knowledge, actual or constructive, that it is untrue or illegal, or is said to be done falsely when the meaning is that the party is in fault for its error.

"A statement (including a statement in a claim or document), is false if it was untrue by the person making it, or causing it to be made.

"The word false contemplates both unintentionally and intentionally incorrect statements."

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