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.
Recent Examples of pretext from the Web
Democratic state officials are, of course, resisting demands from Trump’s panel, widely seen as a pretext for voter suppression.
Others saw the warning as a pure pretext for sending thousands of U.S. ground troops to Syria in the near future.
The Austro-Hungarian Empire used this as a pretext to declare war on Serbia.
But ecologists see that as a pretext to increase timber production for profit, saying authorities have been felling not only infected trees but also healthy ones, some 100 years old.
Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, accused Mr. Trump and his allies of seeking to undermine Mr. Mueller’s investigation, setting a pretext for potentially firing those leading it.
A faulty brake light gave the 29-year-old officer a legally sufficient pretext for pulling him over, several experts testified.
But the Obama administration used it as a pretext for land management plans that lock up about 60millon acres out west, no development whatsoever.
Under the pretext of failing to comply, first with a fire alert, and then with a bomb threat, Baulina and several of her colleagues were arrested and detained for seven days.
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Definition of pretext for English Language Learners
: a reason that you give to hide your real reason for doing something
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