To Forswear Law and Legal Definition

Forswear means to reject or renounce under oath. In criminal law, it means to make oath to that which the deponent knows to be untrue. This word is not the same as perjury as it does not necessarily signify a false swearing on an issue before an officer or court having authority to administer an oath. A person may be forsworn by making a false oath before an incompetent tribunal as well as before a lawful court. Hence, to say that a man is forsworn, will or will not be slander, as the circumstances show that the oath was or was not taken before a lawful authority.