false reason

See: pretext
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
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.
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.
If a handbag is found to be fake, however, the company will give a false reason for its non-sale to save customer embarrassment.
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.
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
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.
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").