Definition of pretextual in English:

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pretextual

Pronunciation: /prēˈteksCHo͞oəl/

Entry from US English dictionary

adjective

Law
Denoting or relating to arrests or minor offenses that enable authorities to detain suspects for investigation of other matters: Ashcroft has justified the use of transparently pretextual charges to hold them

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Syllabification: pre·tex·tu·al

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