false pretenses
false pre·tens·es /-'pre-ˌten-səz, -pri-'ten-/ n pl: false representations concerning past or present facts that are made with the intent to defraud another; also: the crime of obtaining title to another's property by false pretenses compare larceny by trick at larceny, theft

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

false pretenses
index bad faith

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


false pretenses
n.
Intentionally using fraud or misrepresentation to obtain property or money.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


false pretenses
The crime of knowingly making untrue statements for the purpose of obtaining money or property fraudulently. It is one form of theft. False pretenses include claiming zircons are diamonds, turning back the odometer on a car, or falsely stating that a mine has been producing gold when it has not.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


false pretenses
n. The act of obtaining a benefit or property by fraud or misrepresentation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


false pretenses
False representations of material past or present facts, known by the wrongdoer to be false, and made with the intent to defraud a victim into passing title in property to the wrongdoer.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


false pretenses
False representations of material past or present facts, known by the wrongdoer to be false, and made with the intent to defraud a victim into passing title in property to the wrongdoer.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

false pretenses
n.
   the crime of knowingly making untrue statements for the purpose of obtaining money or property fraudulently. This can range from claiming zircons are diamonds and turning back the odometer on a car, to falsely stating that a mine has been producing gold when it has not. It is one form of theft.
   See also: fraud, theft

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • False Pretenses (1935 film) — Infobox Film name = False Pretenses image size = caption = director = Charles Lamont producer = George R. Batcheller writer = Ewart Adamson Betty Burbridge narrator = starring = Irene Ware music = cinematography = M. A. Anderson editing = Roland… …   Wikipedia

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