is considered the binary opposite to a false negative where in diagnostics for example, an individual may not actually have a condition but a piece of equipment clearly indicates they do indeed have that condition.

FALSE POSITIVE: "With respect to medical diagnosis, where a patient doesnt have a condition but the apparatus to diagnose is disagrees, there is a false positive."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FALSE POSITIVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/false-positive/ (accessed April 17, 2021).