something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
guise, pretense, pretence, pretext(noun)
an artful or simulated semblance
"under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
A false, contrived or assumed purpose; a pretense.
The reporter called the company on the pretext of trying to resolve a consumer complaint.
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.
Origin: From prétexte, from praetextum, neuter of praetextus, past participle of praetexere.
ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise
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
prē′tekst, or prē-tekst′, n. an assumed motive or reason put forward to conceal the real one: a pretence. [L. prætextum—prætexĕre—præ, before, texĕre, to weave.]
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.
The numerical value of pretext in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of pretext in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
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.
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.
No one should ring the alarm bell that these protests will cause civil war, they (leaders) have made the institutions dysfunctional under the pretext of preserving stability but collecting garbage, providing water, electricity must not be neglected.
But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness -- each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked -- each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.
Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion; and if religion is essential to humanity, he has by this deserved the Divine rank the world has accorded him.
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- einen Vorwand verwenden, fadenscheinige Begründung, etwas vorschützen, Deckmantel, Vorwand, etwas vorgebenGerman
- tekosyy, verukeFinnish
- leisgeulScottish Gaelic
- ürügy, kifogásHungarian
- pretesto, scusanteItalian
- takunetanga, takutakunga, takungaMāori
- pretext, voorwendsel, drogreden, dekmantel, schijnredenDutch
- påskottNorwegian Nynorsk
- wymówka, pretekstPolish
- предло́г, по́водRussian
- izgovor, izlikaSerbo-Croatian
- förevändning, svepskäl, undanflyktSwedish
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