Legal Definition and Related Resources of Truth

Meaning of Truth

Veracity, sincerity in character, action and speech, genuiness in expression.

Synonyms of Truth


  • accuracy
  • actuality
  • authenticity
  • candor
  • conformity to fact
  • correctness
  • exactness
  • fact
  • genuineness
  • honesty
  • integrity
  • precision
  • probity
  • realism
  • reality
  • right
  • sincerity
  • veracity
  • veritas
  • verity
  • Associated Concepts: credibility of a witness
  • reputation for truth
  • truth in lending laws foreign phrases: Error fucatus nuda veritate in multis
  • estprobabilior; et saepenumero rationibus vincit veritatem error
  • Error artfully disguised is
  • in many instances
  • more probable than naked truth; and frequently error overwhelms truth by argumentation
  • Veritas nimium altercandoamittitur
  • Truth is lost by too much altercation
  • Sacramentum habet in se tres comitesveritatem
  • justitiam
  • etjudicium; veritus habenda est in jurato; justitia et justicium in judice
  • An oath has in it three components truth
  • justice
  • and judgment; truth in the party swearing; justice and judgment in the judge administering the oath
  • Fictio cedit veritati
  • fictio juris non est ubi veritas
  • Fiction yields to truth
  • where truth is
  • fiction of law does not exist
  • Qui non libere veritatem pronunciat proditor est veritatis
  • He who does not freely speak the truth is a betrayer of the truth
  • Veritas
  • quae minime defensatur opprimitur; et qui non improbat
  • approbat
  • Truth which is not sufficiently defended is overpowered; and he who does not disapprove
  • approves
  • Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi
  • Truth fears nothing but concealment

Related Entries of Truth in the Encyclopedia of Law Project

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Truth in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Absurdity, Adverse Witness, Affirmation, Audit, Axiom, Burden Of Proof, Character, Competency, Competent, Confession And Avoidance, Confirmation, Court, Disclosure, Discredit, Dying Declaration, Evidence, Fraud, Freedom Of Speech, General Verdict, Hearsay Evidence, Infidel, Intrinsic Fraud, Judicial Notice, Knowledge, Misrepresentation, Non-hearsay, Presumption, Proof, Reasonable Doubt, Court Of Record, Special Verdict, Stale, Swear, True Bill.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Truth

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Old English triew_ (West Saxon), treow_ (Mercian) “faith, faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty; veracity, quality of being true; pledge, covenant,” from Germanic abstract noun *treuwitho, from Proto-Germanic treuwaz “having or characterized by good faith,” from PIE *drew-o-, a suffixed form of the root *deru- “be firm, solid, steadfast.” With Germanic abstract noun suffix *-itho (see -th (2)). Sense of “something that is true” is first recorded mid-14c. Meaning “accuracy, correctness” is from 1560s. English and most other IE languages do not have a primary verb for for “speak the truth,” as a contrast to lie (verb). Truth squad in U.S. political sense first attested in the 1952 U.S. presidential election campaign. At midweek the Republican campaign was bolstered by an innovation–the “truth squad” …, a team of senators who trailed whistle-stopping Harry Truman to field what they denounced as his wild pitches. [”Life,” Oct. 13, 1952] Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse, in a free and open encounter. [Milton, “Areopagitica,” 1644]


See Also

  • True

Definition of Truth

In relation to social issues, a meaning of truth is provided here: A statement proven to be or accepted as true; in a democracy the principle that the government and citizens should not lie.






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