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Noun
The causes, explanations, or justifications for an action or event
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Plural for a false, contrived, or assumed purpose or reason
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“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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Plural for 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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(used with for) Plural for a reason for a particular feeling or emotion
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Plural for a fabricated story or statement, especially one intended to deceive
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Plural for the action of evading something
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Plural for an excuse or pretext
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Plural for an ambiguity or inadequacy in the law or a set of rules
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Plural for false claim, assertion of importance
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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