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pretext

noun affectation, alibi, alleged purpose, alleged reason, camouflage, charade, claim, cover, defense, disguise, evasion, excuse, fabrication, false appearance, false ground, false motive, false pretense, false reason, false show, falsification, feint, fraud, guise, invention, justification, lie, make-believe, mask, misstatement, obfuscation, ostensible motive, ostensible purpose, ostensible reason, praetextum, pretense, pretension, professed purpose, profession, ruse, sham, shift, show, simulation, species, stratagem, subterfuge, trick, trickery, untruth, wile
Foreign phrases: Praetextu liciti non debet admitti illiciium.That which is illegal ought not to be permitted under a pretext of legality.
See also: artifice, bad faith, color, deception, disguise, evasion, excuse, false pretense, falsehood, ruse, stratagem, subterfuge

PRETEXT. The reasons assigned to justify an act, which have only the appearance of truth, and which are without foundation; or which if true are not the true reasons for such act. Vattel, liv. 3, c. 3, 32.

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2d at 708 (finding officer's "hunch" was not a lawful form of pretext and declining to uphold the stop); Cannon, 29 F.
Bulgaria wants to build a 143-km long fence along the border with Turkey under the pretext of foot and mouth disease.
And at time when those who have lost their homes as a result of Israel's assault have remained outdoors, the movement has undertaken the demolition of houses built by the disaster-stricken, under the pretext of their not having obtained permits (which is reminiscent of a similar pretext which has been and continues to be put forward by Israeli occupation forces).
impeded plaintiffs' quests to establish pretext when it proclaimed
Some of the Western countries had for centuries followed the aim to dominate the region (Middle East) and used the pretext of the Holocaust for preparing the grounds to realize this aim," Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.
The intent behind that ultimatum was to provoke Milosevic into giving NATO a pretext for war.
At this point, I must add that despite my admiration for Baer's subtle way of supporting my case for an investigation into the charge of official complicity, he misleads readers by suggesting that the case for the claim that the Bush Administration reaped foreseeable benefits from 9/11 rests entirely on this pretext for the attack on Iraq.
It wasn't just Hitler who used the pretext of war (on both Europe and the Jews) as a justification for the suspension of rights.
Guidance is also provided to banking organizations on completing Suspicious Activity Reports for reporting offenses associated with identity theft and pretext calling that are filed with law enforcement agencies.
Other courts have been more receptive to the pretext argument advanced by the class action in Merrett.
The pretext was simple and obvious as soon as the curtain went up, revealing a tall, statuesque woman being partnered by a considerably smaller, nimble man.
Another potential obstacle to the effective use of surveillance that risk managers should be aware of is a growing prohibition on using pretext during investigations.