de·ceit n: deliberate and misleading concealment, false declaration, or artifice: deception
theft by deceit; also: the tort of committing or carrying out deceit
an action for deceit see also fraud, misrepresentation

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

I noun beguilement, camouflage, cheating, collusion, cozenage, craftiness, cunning, deceitfulness, deception, deceptiveness, delusiveness, dissembling, dissimulation, dolus, double-dealing, duplicity, equivocation, fabrication, fallacia, fallaciousness, falseheartedness, falsehood, falseness, falsification, falsity, forgery, fraud, fraudulence, fraus, furtiveness, indirection, insidiousness, insincerity, jugglery, lying, mendacity, misrepresentation, perfidy, perjury, pretense, prevarication, sham, sneakiness, subreption, surreptitiousness, treachery, trickery, underhanded practice, underhandedness, untruth, untruthfulness associated concepts: action for fraud or deceit, discovery of the fraud or deceit, fraud or deceit, misrepresentation II index artifice, bad faith, canard, collusion, color (deceptive appearance), deception, dishonesty, evasion, false pretense, falsification, fraud, hoax, hypocrisy, imposture, improbity, indirection (deceitfulness), knavery, lie, misstatement, pettifoggery, pretense (pretext), ruse, story (falsehood), stratagem

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A fraudulent misrepresentation used to cheat someone; the act of deceiving someone by lying or misrepresenting the truth.

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

the tort of making a fraudulent statement committed where the defendant knowingly or recklessly makes a false representation intending that the plaintiff should act upon it where the plaintiff does act and to his detriment: Derry v . Peek (1889) 14 App. Cas. 337. In Scotland similar facts would be litigated as fraud.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

A deliberate misrepresentation made by someone who knew it was false and with the intent to deceive someone who justifiably relies on the falsehood. Deceit is a civil wrong (tort). (See also: fraud)
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A tort arising from a false statement of fact made by one person, knowingly or recklessly, with the intent that it shall be acted on by another, who suffers damages as a result.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 The intentional imparting of a false impression.
2 A misrepresentation of fact, which, when made with the intention that the other party will rely on it to his detriment, constitutes the torts of fraud or misrepresentation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A misrepresentation made with the express intention of defrauding someone, which subsequently causes injury to that person.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A misrepresentation made with the express intention of defrauding someone, which subsequently causes injury to that person.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   dishonesty, fraudulent conduct, false statements made knowing them to be untrue, by which the liar intends to deceive a party receiving the statements and expects the party to believe and rely on them. This is a civil wrong (tort) giving rise to the right of a person to sue the deceiver if he/she reasonably relied on such dishonesty to the point of his/her injury.
   See also: fraud, misrepresentation

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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