Simple Definition of pretext
: a reason that you give to hide your real reason for doing something
Full Definition of pretext
: a purpose or motive alleged or an appearance assumed in order to cloak the real intention or state of affairs
Examples of pretext in a sentence
She went back to her friend's house on the pretext that she had forgotten her purse.
Origin of pretext
Latin praetextus, from praetexere to assign as a pretext, screen, extend in front, from prae- + texere to weave — more at technical
First Known Use: 1513
Synonym Discussion of pretext
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