du·plic·i·ty /dü-'pli-sə-tē, dyü-/ n pl -ties [Late Latin duplicitat - duplicitas duality, double-dealing, from Latin duplex twofold]
1: the use of deceptive words or actions
2: the use of more than one claim, allegation, or defense in a single paragraph of a pleading; esp: the improper charging of more than one offense in one count in a charging instrument (as an indictment) compare misjoinder, multiplicity

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun artifice, casuistry, chicanery, deceitfulness, deception, dissimulation, double-dealing, duality, duplexity, equivocation, evasion, false conduct, falseheartedness, falseness, fraud, guile, hypocrisy, insincerity, perfidy, sham, trickery, two-facedness II index artifice, bad faith, collusion, concealment, deceit, deception, dishonesty, false pretense, falsification, fraud, hoax, hypocrisy, imposture, improbity, indirection (deceitfulness), knavery, misstatement, pettifoggery, pretense (pretext), ruse, story (falsehood), subterfuge

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Double-dealing.
(2) In common law, the error of combining two separate causes of action in one count of a pleading or a similar mistake in a criminal pleading or legislation; now permitted under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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