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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 falsify
  • The models are then tested, and experiments confirm or falsify theoretical models of how the world works.
  • People will repeatedly devise tests that give positive proofs of their theories, but much less often devise tests to falsify them.
  • She also had a doctor willing to falsify a birth certificate.
  • And then these forms, far from crystallizing or sharpening experience, can falsify or be felt as a burden.
  • The natural experiments that might help falsify theories do not come around often.
  • There was no reason to falsify internal figures when organizing deportations.
  • Someone can come along at any time and demonstrably falsify the current dogma.
  • So this nation needs to falsify history to take over a name and history from its neighbors.
  • It is a useful exercise to make a list of hypothetical evidences that would falsify evolutionary theory should they appear.
  • Yes, employees are getting more and more brazen in their efforts to falsify employers' drug tests.
British Dictionary definitions for falsify

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 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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