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deceit

Definition of deceit

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /dɪˈsiːt/, SAMPA: /dI"si:t/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -iːt

Noun

deceit (plural deceits)

  1. Any attempt or disposition to deceive or lead into error; any declaration, artifice, or practice, which misleads another, or causes him to believe what is false; a contrivance to entrap; deception; a wily device; fraud.
  2. Any trick, collusion, contrivance, false representation, or underhand practice, used to defraud another. When injury is thereby effected, an action of deceit, as it called, lies for compensation.
  3. (law) The tort or fraudulent representation of a material fact made with knowledge of its falsity, or recklessly, or without reasonable grounds for believing its truth and with intent to induce reliance on it; the plaintiff justifiably relies on the deception, to his injury.

Derived terms

  • deceitful

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