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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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They said the house, which belonged to Ehab Ahmad Barakat, was demolished under the pretext of construction without an Israeli permit.
We do not want replay of such scenarios and do not want anyone looking for such pretexts to invade sovereign states," Matvienko told reporters.
The source said that the UN obstructed the agreement of evacuating al-Waer neighborhood from arms and gunmen under groundless pretexts that situation is not safe or that there is no chance to examine the issue despite the fact that its employees participated in the details of the agreement.
A Palestinian man this morning sustained moderate wounds after he was shot by Israeli soldiers, under the pretext of a stabbing attack in which a soldier was moderatley injured.
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Sheikh Adnan Hamad al-Jubouri, told the National Iraqi News Agency / Nina / that the elements of Daash stormed Al-Aiadhiya district, 110 km west of Mosul and arrested 11 of al-Jabour tribal elders in Al-Aiadhiya under the pretext of affiliation to the popular mobilization for the Liberation of Mosul.
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Summary: Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour criticized the international community Tuesday over what he said were baseless pretexts for blocking direct funding to the government to address the refugee crisis.
MP Maitham al-Fartousi told Aswat al-Iraq that "Ahrar bloc rejects the division of Iraq under the pretexts of decentralization, federalism and regions".
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Thus, on the occasion of the month of Ramadan coinciding with the summer season, Hamas has pushed this approach to its extreme by hunting down every Palestinian custom under various pretexts, especially religious.
Khizer called on the present leadership of the party to immediately allow all IDPs their constitutional rights as Pakistanis to move freely across this country with no barriers created on flimsy pretexts such as registration.