from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ostensible or professed purpose; an excuse.
- n. An effort or strategy intended to conceal something.
- transitive v. To allege as an excuse.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A false, contrived or assumed purpose; a pretense.
- v. To employ a pretext, which involves using a false or contrived purpose for soliciting the gain of something else.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Ostensible reason or motive assigned or assumed as a color or cover for the real reason or motive; pretense; disguise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which is assumed as a cloak or means of concealment; something under cover of which a true purpose is hidden; an ostensible reason, motive, or occasion; a pretense.
- n. Synonyms Pretension, etc. See pretense.
- To use as a pretext, or cloak or covering; assume as a means of concealment.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an artful or simulated semblance
- n. something serving to conceal plans; a fictitious reason that is concocted in order to conceal the real reason
Latin praetextum, from neuter past participle of praetexere, to disguise : prae-, pre- + texere, to weave.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French prétexte, from Latin praetextum ("an ornament, etc., wrought in front, a pretense"), neuter of praetextus, past participle of praetexere ("to weave before, fringe or border, allege"). (Wiktionary)