a deliberate misrepresentation of facts, as to obtain title to money or property.
the use of such misrepresentation.
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How to use false pretenses in a sentence
Does she agree that the Affordable Care Act was offered to the public under false pretenses?
In the end, it was found that students working under Protess had used false pretenses in trying to elicit witness statements.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project | Jacob Siegel | November 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He and Tyrelle drove to meet the woman last June under what police describe as “false pretenses.”
We might never know how Mitchell fanned two icons of the game, or if she did it under false pretenses.The Myth of Jackie Mitchell, the Girl Who Struck Out Ruth and Gehrig | Adam Doster | May 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Geraldine threatens action for “fraud and defamation” on the grounds that I had obtained “information under false pretenses.”
By such false pretenses and underhand proceedings at Florence, the people of Rome, as well as their heroic friends, were deceived.Rule of the Monk | Giuseppe Garibaldi
He rather thought there should be some way of getting money back from people who obtained it under false pretenses.The Hidden Places | Bertrand W. Sinclair
Your false pretenses of ‘genuineness’ are therefore insults to the history, the traditions, and the entire record of the South.The Modern Ku Klux Klan | Henry Peck Fry
She was homesick and longing for love and tenderness, but not for one moment would she receive them under false pretenses.A Daughter of the Union | Lucy Foster Madison
That appointment was obtained under false pretenses and I can prove it.Cy Whittaker's Place | Joseph C. Lincoln