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.Submitted by Jon Snow on June 17, 2014
The numerical value of pretext in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of pretext in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of pretext in a Sentence
On every small pretext the wolf seizes the sheep.
Basically, taking pictures is an excuse to meet people so I use the camera as a pretext.
It makes one think ... that this is a pretext to create chaos and bring down the government.
The risk is that the parallel rate will depreciate even more, giving the marketers a pretext for yet further price increases at the pump.
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.
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Translations for pretext
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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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