Pre*var`i*ca"tion (?), n. [L. praevaricatio: cf. F. pr'evarication.]

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) RomanLaw

The collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution.

(b) CommonLaw

A false or deceitful seeming to undertake a thing for the purpose of defeating or destroying it.

Cowell.

 

© Webster 1913.

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