false position

false position
noun
: a method of solution of a problem that uses the result obtained by replacing the unknown by trial values

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a situation in which one is compelled to act in a manner inconsistent with one's true nature or principles

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  • false position — /fɔls pəˈzɪʃən/ (say fawls puh zishuhn) noun a situation in which a person s motives are liable to be misconstrued: *Thelma Forsdyke had been put in many a false position, or conversational ambush, through which she came shakily. –patrick white,… …  

  • False position method — The false position method or regula falsi method is a term for problem solving methods in algebra and calculus. In simple terms, these methods begin by attempting to evaluate a problem using test ( false ) values for the variables, and then… …   Wikipedia

  • put in a false position — To bring anyone into a position in which he or she will be misunderstood • • • Main Entry: ↑false …   Useful english dictionary

  • false — [fôls] adj. falser, falsest [ME < OFr < fals < L falsus, pp. of fallere, to deceive: see FAIL] 1. not true; in error; incorrect; mistaken [a false argument] 2. untruthful; lying; dishonest [a false witness] 3. disloyal; unfaithful [a… …   English World dictionary

  • Position — Po*si tion, n. [F. position, L. positio, fr. ponere, positum, to put, place; prob. for posino, fr. an old preposition used only in comp. (akin to Gr. ?) + sinere to leave, let, permit, place. See {Site}, and cf. {Composite}, {Compound}, v.,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Position finder — Position Po*si tion, n. [F. position, L. positio, fr. ponere, positum, to put, place; prob. for posino, fr. an old preposition used only in comp. (akin to Gr. ?) + sinere to leave, let, permit, place. See {Site}, and cf. {Composite}, {Compound},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Position micrometer — Position Po*si tion, n. [F. position, L. positio, fr. ponere, positum, to put, place; prob. for posino, fr. an old preposition used only in comp. (akin to Gr. ?) + sinere to leave, let, permit, place. See {Site}, and cf. {Composite}, {Compound},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • false — I. adjective (falser; falsest) Etymology: Middle English fals, faus, from Anglo French & Latin; Anglo French, from Latin falsus, from past participle of fallere to deceive Date: 12th century 1. not genuine < false documents > < false teeth > 2 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • false — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [ Said of persons ] Syn. perfidious, faithless, treacherous, unfaithful, disloyal, dishonest, lying, untruthful, base, hypocritical, double dealing, knavish, roguish, malevolent, rascally, scoundrelly, mean, malicious,… …   English dictionary for students

  • False Decretals — • A name given to certain apocryphal papal letters contained in a collection of canon laws composed about the middle of the ninth century by an author who uses the pseudonym of Isidore Mercator, in the opening preface to the collection Catholic… …   Catholic encyclopedia

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