Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The making with a fraudulent intent of a written instrument apparently capable of effecting a fraud. See 20 Or. 192, 23 Am. St. Rep. 119, 10 L. R. A. 779, 25 Pac. 394.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In criminal law. The falsely making or materially altering, with intent to defraud, any writing which, if genuine, might apparently be of legal efficacy or the foundation of a legal liability. 2 Bish. Crim. Law, § 523. See Forge. The thing itself, so falsely made, imitated, or forged; especially a forged writing. A forged signature is frequently said in be "a forgery:' In the law of evidence. The fabrication or counterfeiting of evidence. The artful and fraudulent manipulation of physical objects, or the deceitful arrangement of genuine facts or things, in such a manner as to create an erroncous impression or a false inference in the minds of those who may observe them.' See Burrill, Circ. Ev. 131, 420.
    —Forgery aet, 1870. The stafute 33 & 34 Viet. c. 58, was passed for the punishment of forgers of stock certificates, and for extending to Scotland certain provisions of the forgery act of 1861. -Mozley & Whitley.