Definitions for pretextˈpri tɛkst

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretext, stalking-horse(noun)

    something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason

  2. guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)

    an artful or simulated semblance

    "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"

Wiktionary

  1. pretext(Noun)

    A false, contrived or assumed purpose; a pretense.

    The reporter called the company on the pretext of trying to resolve a consumer complaint.

  2. pretext(Verb)

    To employ a pretext, which involves using a false or contrived purpose for soliciting the gain of something else.

    The spy obtained his phone records using possibly-illegal pretexting methods.

  3. Origin: From prétexte, from praetextum, neuter of praetextus, past participle of praetexere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretext(noun)

    ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise

Freebase

  1. Pretext

    A pretext is an excuse to do something or say something that is not accurate. Pretexts may be based on a half-truth or developed in the context of a misleading fabrication. Pretexts have been used to conceal the true purpose or rationale behind actions and words. In US law, a pretext usually describes false reasons that hide the true intentions or motivations for a legal action. If a party can establish a prima facie case for the proffered evidence, the opposing party must prove that the these reasons were "pretextual" or false. This can be accomplished by directly demonstrating that the motivations behind the presentation of evidence is false, or indirectly by evidence that the motivations are not "credible". In Griffith v. Schnitzer, an employment discrimination case, a jury award was reversed by a Court of Appeals because the evidence was not sufficient that the defendant's reasons were "pretextual". That is, the defendant's evidence was either undisputed, or the plaintiff's was "irrelevant subjective assessments and opinions". A "pretextual" arrest by law enforcement officers is one carried out for illegal purposes such as to conduct an unjustified search and seizure.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pretext

    prē′tekst, or prē-tekst′, n. an assumed motive or reason put forward to conceal the real one: a pretence. [L. prætextumprætexĕrepræ, before, texĕre, to weave.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pretext

    a false reason given for an action, in order to hide the real reason

    1. The incident provided the pretext for war. 2. om called at her apartment on the pretext of asking for a book.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretext in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretext in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Howard:

    To buy Triple Bs under the pretext that they're cheap and have already priced in the risk, I think is simplistic at the least and dangerous at the worst.

  2. Lula Institute:

    The only (purpose) ... is to subject the former President to public embarrassment, it is not Lula's credibility that is compromised when its leaders turn to a political target in the most fragile pretext.

  3. State John Kerry:

    Political interference with the Independent National Electoral Commission is unacceptable, and it is critical that the government not use security concerns as a pretext for impeding the democratic process.

  4. Pavel Durov:

    When I was living in Russia a few years ago, all these activities were used as a pretext to monitor the communication of Russian citizens and then in many cases used to suppress dissidents and liberal thinking individuals.

  5. Selahattin Demirtas:

    The AK Party is dragging the country into a period of conflict, seeking revenge for the loss of its majority in the June election, hDP passing the threshold and the AK Party losing its parliamentary majority are being used as a pretext for war.

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