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For instance, when someone asks for you to fix their computer or their cell phone and you just say that you don't how to solve that problem, even if you do know.

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    I think the basic word is Lie – Karan Desai Dec 18 '16 at 5:10
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  • Dan Bron’s answer to the withholding information question contains some words that answer this question (e.g., dissimulate, dissemble, and prevaricate), but the questions are not duplicates.  The other question is about saying “I won’t tell you”, “You can’t handle the truth”, or “You’re too young to learn about that.”  This question is about saying “I can’t tell you, because I don’t know,” when you really do know (i.e., lying). – Scott Dec 18 '16 at 23:47

If you do that, you are feigning/faking (ignorance).



intransitive verb
: pretend, dissemble

transitive verb
1 a : to give a false appearance of : induce as a false impression : feign death
b : to assert as if true : pretend

I would never feign illness just to get out of a test.

fake (faked, faking)

transitive verb
2 : counterfeit, simulate, concoct : faked a heart attack

intransitive verb
1 : to engage in faking something : pretend —sometimes used with it : if you don't have the answers, fake it

  • I agree with your answer. "feigning ignorance" seems more natural than "faking ignorance" IMHO, in this context. – user85627 Dec 18 '16 at 10:52

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