Definition of pretextual in English:

pretextual

adjective

US
Law
  • 1Constituting a pretext; dubious or spurious.

    ‘we will show that other arguments that officials have made are plainly pretextual’
    1. 1.1 Denoting or relating to a minor offence that enables authorities to detain a suspect for investigation of other matters.
      ‘Ashcroft has justified the use of transparently pretextual charges to hold them’

Pronunciation

pretextual

/priːˈtɛkstʃʊ(ə)l//priːˈtɛkstjʊəl/