An example of a pretext is a person saying that she is having a small family dinner at home while a group of people are waiting there to surprise her father for his birthday.
- a false reason or motive put forth to hide the real one; excuse
- a cover-up; front
Origin of pretextClassical Latin praetextum, neuter of praetextus, past participle of praetexere, to weave before, pretend: see pre- and texture
Origin of pretextLatin praetextum from neuter past participle of praetexere to disguise prae- pre- texere to weave ; see teks- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pretexts, present participle pretexting, simple past and past participle pretexted)