What does pretext mean?

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ˈpri tɛkstpre·text

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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.

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

  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.

    Etymology: 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.

    Submitted by Jon Snow on June 17, 2014  

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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

Examples of pretext in a Sentence

  1. Justice Thomas:

    Virtually every significant agency action is vulnerable to the kinds of allegations the Court credits today, it is not difficult for political opponents of executive actions to generate controversy with accusations of pretext, deceit, and illicit motives.

  2. Javier Puig Saura:

    Basically, taking pictures is an excuse to meet people so I use the camera as a pretext, for me to trigger the camera is the last act on a long series of actions. I like to find a true little story, something unimportant but real as life.

  3. Herbert Butterfield:

    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.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    If, in fact, we defend the legal right of a person to insult another's religion, we're equally obligated to use our free speech to condemn such insults and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with religious communities, particularly religious minorities who are the targets of such attacks, to infringe on one right under the pretext of protecting another is a betrayal of both.

  5. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:

    On May 8, for the first time, the people of Ukraine will join the European tradition to commemorate the victims of World War Two, the very next day in Moscow, under the pretext of the Great Victory, the aggressor's army will brandish its lethal might in front of the world. Some of the units were in Donetsk a few days ago and soon they will appear on the military parade in Moscow.

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