Falsehood Law and Legal Definition

Falsehood means a false statement or act of rendering something false by fraudulent changes or counterfeiting. Falsehood may be by:

  • Willful act. For example, owner of a thing sells it twice by different contracts to different individuals willfully declaring the things as his/her own knowing that it is not so.
  • Declaration contrary to truth may be by dissimulation or by words. It is committed by dissimulation when a creditor, sells the land of the debtor although s/he has been paid the debt which was due. It is committed by words when a witness swears to what s/he knows not to be true. This is also called perjury.