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falsify

[fawl-suh-fahy] /ˈfɔl sə faɪ/
verb (used with object), falsified, falsifying.
1.
to make false or incorrect, especially so as to deceive:
to falsify income-tax reports.
2.
to alter fraudulently.
3.
to represent falsely:
He falsified the history of his family to conceal his humble origins.
4.
to show or prove to be false; disprove:
to falsify a theory.
verb (used without object), falsified, falsifying.
5.
to make false statements.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English falsifien < Middle French falsifier < Late Latin falsificāre. See false, -ify
Related forms
falsifiable, adjective
falsifiability, noun
falsification
[fawl-suh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˈfɔl sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
falsifier, noun
nonfalsifiable, adjective
unfalsifiable, adjective
unfalsified, adjective
Synonyms
1, 3. See misrepresent. 4. rebut, discredit, refute, confute, controvert.
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Examples from the web for falsification
  • The principle of falsification would begin an argument rather than prove a point.
  • Science is not welcoming to all foregrounds, partly because some foregrounds are simply invulnerable to scientific falsification.
  • Empirical falsification of a physical theory also makes little sense at all.
  • The beauty of science lies in its perpetual subject to refutation and falsification.
  • If those simulations failed to be useful, that would be a falsification.
  • And your falsification by subtraction has hardly been subjected to empirical rigor or indeed falsified all the possible forcing.
  • It seems the idea of falsification and scientific integrity has been lost on the last few generations of conventional scientists.
  • Judson discusses fraud of three sorts: fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism.
  • There are no broad brushes in these narratives, and there's an absolute intolerance of falsification.
  • Authentic material has the ring of correctness, while falsification usually betrays itself.
British Dictionary definitions for falsification

falsify

/ˈfɔːlsɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make (a report, evidence, accounts, etc) false or inaccurate by alteration, esp in order to deceive
2.
to prove false; disprove
Derived Forms
falsifiable, adjective
falsification (ˌfɔːlsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
falsifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French falsifier, from Late Latin falsificāre, from Latin falsusfalse + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for falsification
n.

1560s, from Late Latin falsificationem (nominative falsificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of falsificare (see falsify).

falsify

v.

mid-15c., "to prove false," from Middle French falsifier (15c.), from Late Latin falsificare (see falsify). Meaning "to make false" is from c.1500. Earlier verb was simply falsen (c.1200). Related: Falsified; falsifying.

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falsification in Medicine

falsification fal·si·fi·ca·tion (fôl'sə-fĭ-kā'shən)
n.
The deliberate act of misrepresentation so as to deceive.

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