false reason

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While it appears she attempts to give him a false reason, it doesn't look like he's going to believe her.
Dr Rajmohan agreed to record a false reason for the woman wanting to terminate her pregnancy, which he recorded as 'too young for pregnancy'.
The GMC concluded that Rajmohan acted dishonestly because he agreed to record a false reason. (Actually he came up with the bogus explanation.)
I was disappointed but not surprised when the judge appointed by President Obama shot down the Texas Voter ID law using the false reason that it prevents minorities from voting.
In confabulation, however, the reflective mind merely cooks up a false reason for the output produced by the intuitive mind.
You're less likely to get the trots if you avoid foreign food The safety of the food depends on how it's prepared and what happens to it afterwards, and there's no FALSE reason why European-style food should be any safer.
Mr Fudge was investigated on four counts - giving a false reason for absenting himself from work, mis use of information technology, unacceptable behaviour towards a patient and unacceptable behaviour towards staff.
Then this question becomes relevant and urgent, because it argues for the inclusion of music in the life of a child for a nonmusical and possibly false reason. Perhaps a wiser course, in the long run, would be to argue that the arts contribute to the joy and emotional health of all human beings.
The corset, designed by Lyall Hakaraia, is the world's most expensive bridal corset, it holds over 240 diamonds, rubies and amethysts and will be on show until tomorrow; David Kay: Snapshot; Jack Straw: Conclusive; Andrew Murray: False reason
Such inference is consistent, said the court, with the general principle that the court is entitled to consider a party's dishonesty about a material fact as "affirmative evidence of guilt." Under this common-sense principle, evidence suggesting that a company accused of illegal discrimination has chosen to give a false reason for its actions gives rise to a rational inference that the company could be masking its illegal motivation.
One of the characteristics of Hume's style in the Treatise that aroused dislike at the time renders it popular today: his provocative formulation of empiricist views (e.g., the notorious "We have no choice left but betwixt a false reason and none at all" or "Reason is the slave of passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them").