something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
- voorwendsel, dekmantel, pretext, schijngrond, schijnreden
an artful or simulated semblance
- He made up a pretext for a fight with me.
- He delayed payment on some pretext or other.
- He did not come on the pretext of sickness.
- ... reason? What you're looking for is a pretext, isn't it?
- He often uses the slightest thing as a pretext for a fight with anybody.
- He came to my house on the pretext of seeing me.
- The Japanese fishing fleet catches more than 1000 whales per year on the pretext of scientific research.
- What have we become as a society when we need alcohol to enjoy ourselves. It has become a pretext for outlandish behaviour and just plain old debauchery.
- If you calmly look at the reply you sent to an email, you'll find that it'll have "you" all over it. While you may use the pretext that you're just working with whatever information the addressee gave you, in the end it's just all about yourself. This is wrong. Let's be a little more careful, shall we?
- However, the setting of reference points for action should in no way serve as a pretext for condoning the illegal use of prohibited or non-authorised substances to treat food-producing animals.
- Such checks, verifications and inspections may be performed with equal efficacy throughout the territory of the Member States concerned and crossing the frontier should not therefore be a pretext for carrying out such operations,
- In Case No 59498/00 of 19 March 1997, Bourdov v Russia, the Court also held that an authority of the State cannot use lack of resources as a pretext for not honouring its debt.
- The Court finally noted that a breach of Article 6-1 of the European Convention on Human Rights had taken place and added that: ‘These judgments need, therefore, to be implemented, and the Court would point out that a State authority cannot use lack of resources as a pretext for not honouring a debt based on a judicial decision (Bourdov, cited above, Section 30)’.
- For the purpose of paragraph 1, the reference to religion is intended to cover, at least, conduct which is a pretext for directing acts against a group of persons or a member of such a group defined by reference to race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin.
- The absence of funds is not a pretext, but a reality due to the insolvency of the debtor legal entity’; ‘The non-payment of the debt is due entirely to the commune’s financial difficulties, and these circumstances do not appear to be such as either to release the authority from its obligations or to transfer the burden of its debt to the State (Council of State, commune of Batz-sur-Mer, 25 September 1970).