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Noun
A false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason
“It merely serves as a pretext to whip the country into a war frenzy and to justify the insertion of large numbers of troops.”
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A deceptive or insincere outward appearance
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“The mugging was merely the pretext for heavy-duty flirting between a dishy detective and Keelin, the lovelorn physiotherapist.”
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An attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or is going to do something
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An excuse or pretext to avoid a commitment or responsibility
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A cunning trick or dishonest act, in particular one intended to avoid something unpleasant
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(used with for) A reason for a particular feeling or emotion
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A fabricated story or statement, especially one intended to deceive
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The action of evading something
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An excuse or pretext
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Offense of false representation
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An ambiguity or inadequacy in the law or a set of rules
Verb
To employ a pretext for soliciting the gain of something else
“Witherow also admitted that his paper tried to pretext details of Brown's mortgage by calling the bank and posing as the former prime minister.”
Verb
To provide an acceptable explanation for
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