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Meaning of PREVARICATION

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
  2. [n]  intentionally vague or ambiguous
  3. [n]  a statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
 

PREVARICATION is a 13 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: equivocation, evasiveness, fabrication, lie, lying
 
 See Also: ambiguity, equivocalness, false statement, falsehood, falsification, falsity, fib, fibbing, jactitation, misrepresentaation, paltering, story, tale, taradiddle, tarradiddle, untruth, untruthfulness, white lie, whopper

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pre*var`i*ca"tion\, n. [L. praevaricatio: cf. F.
pr['e]varication.]
1. The act of prevaricating, shuffling, or quibbling, to
   evade the truth or the disclosure of truth; a deviation
   from the truth and fair dealing.

         The august tribunal of the skies, where no
         prevarication shall avail.            --Cowper.

2. A secret abuse in the exercise of a public office.

3. (Law)
   (a) (Roman Law) The collusion of an informer with the
       defendant, for the purpose of making a sham
       prosecution.
   (b) (Common Law) A false or deceitful seeming to undertake
       a thing for the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
       --Cowell.

 

 

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