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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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Fortunately, in the case of 5-Hour ENERGY, we could move quickly to take the counterfeits off the market in 2012 and today, only authentic 5-hour ENERGY is now available in stores," said Potter.
Through joint initiatives with Independent Electrical Contractors and Electrical Safety Foundation International in 2014, we learned Eaton s anti-counterfeiting educational efforts have helped professionals understand the dangers of counterfeit electrical products; however, more work is needed to share best practices and encourage collaboration to combat counterfeiting, said Tom Grace, brand protection manager, Eaton s Electrical Sector Americas.
Recently, The Wall Street Journal reported on the largest confiscation of counterfeit medicines in history when customs officials in Luanda, Angola, uncovered 1.
In fact, among those who acknowledge buying counterfeits for work, three quarters say they have purchased fake office supplies including toner and ink for printers, followed by electronics (39 per cent) and cleaning products (32 per cent).
In a bid to crackdown on counterfeit goods, United Trademarks and Patent Services -- an anti-counterfeit organization -- is working in coordination with forty mystery shoppers and the Dubai Police.
Suspected reports of counterfeit Alli products were first made in December 2009.
See INCB Press Release], supra note 23 (noting high percentage of counterfeits present in African nations in comparison to other developing nations).
Compared with the drug trade, the counterfeit business is relatively safe and profitable for criminals.
Authorities' failure to kill the counterfeits is in part because the vendors have found a way around the system.
Manufacturing companies report that they have made good progress in reducing the quantities of counterfeits in many Latin American countries but in a few countries counterfeits are still common.
That the term "counterfeit" contains both of these resonances (to practice deceit, or even to assume the character of another person, and to create that which is illegitimate, especially for financial gain) suggests that counterfeits would mark connections between crises of identity and social relations, on the one hand, and more explicitly economic crises, on the other.
With prestige goods, consumers buying counterfeits are more likely to be willing accomplices rather than victims, since they buy counterfeits knowing they are fakes.