I. VOLITION IN GENERAL
2. Causes of volition
[Ostensible motive, ground, or reason assigned] Pretext.
[Nouns] pretext, pretense, pretension, plea; allegation, advocation; ostensible motive, subterfuge, obtensible ground, obtensible reason, phony reason; excuse (vindication) [more]; color; gloss, guise, cover.
loophole, starting hole; how to creep out of, salvo, come off; way of escape.
handle, peg to hang on, room, locus standi; stalking-horse, cheval de bataille, cue.
pretense (untruth) [more]; put off, dust thrown in the eyes; blind; moonshine; mere pretext, shallow pretext; lame excuse, lame apology; tub to a whale; false plea, sour grapes; makeshift, shift, white lie; special pleading (sophistry) [more]; soft sawder (flattery) [more].
[Verbs] pretend, plead, allege; shelter oneself under the plea of; excuse (vindicate) [more]; lend a color to; furnish a handle; make a pretext of, make a handle of; use as a plea; take one's stand upon, make capital out of , pretend (lie) [more].