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To falsify, deceive, or defraud. A copy or imitation of something that is intended to be taken as authentic and genuine in order to deceive another.

A counterfeit coin is one that may pass for a genuine coin and may include a lower denomination coin altered so that it may pass as a higher denomination coin.


1) adj. describing a document, particularly money, which is forged or created to look real, and intended to pass for real. 2) v. to criminally forge or print a false copy of money, bonds, or other valuable documents, intending to profit from the falsity. 3) n. shorthand for phoney money passed for real. (See: forgery, utter)


noun act of copying, bogus, copy, crimmnal imitation, deception, ersatz, fabrication, fake, false copy, false duplication, false representation, false reproduction, falsehood, falseness, falsification, falsity, falsus, forged copy, forgery, fradulent copy, fraudulent imitation, imitation, plagiary, pretense, simulation, unauthorized copy
Associated concepts: counterfeit bill, counterfeited written instrument
See also: assume, assumed, bogus, copy, deception, deceptive, disguise, dishonest, disingenuous, dupe, erroneous, fabricate, fake, false, falsification, falsify, feign, feigned, fictitious, forgery, hoax, illusory, imitate, imitation, impersonate, imposture, invent, lie, mendacious, meretricious, mislead, mock, palter, pirate, plagiarize, pose, pretend, prevaricate, profess, replacement, sham, simulate, specious, spurious, subterfuge, synthetic, untrue

TO COUNTERFEIT, criminal law. To make something false, in the semblance of that which is true; it always implies a fraudulent intent. Vide Vin. Ab. h.t. Forgery.

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Major equipment manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard (HP) have added security features to their packaging of consumable products to thwart counterfeiters (see related article).
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of possible sanctions, China remains an active and prolific product counterfeiter.
People don't realize that to a small business, these counterfeiters do damage,'' said the owner of the Studio City club.
In order to minimize their exposure to law enforcement, the counterfeiters sell the majority of their phony goods to third parties for negotiation or further resale.
Ironically, the same features that could freeze counterfeiters in their tracks are likely to trigger howls of protest against potential federal abuses.
But the fact remains that this ACTA is a draft treaty with significant legal provisions and it is worth looking at the small print to see how it will help legitimate companies fight counterfeiters.
Many remain some of the industry's most highly guarded secrets, with covert approaches adorning labels in every supermarket, but slipping by the notice of both consumers and counterfeiters.
Unfortunately the company cannot help consumers that are duped by unlawful counterfeiters.
Every sale given to a counterfeiter is a potential sale lost by an honest local business.
Counterfeit parts very seldom meet even a single GM specification or performance standard, but the counterfeiter doesn't have to care about performance, liability or safety of the consumer.