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arrière-pensée

[ a-ryer-pahn-sey ]
/ a ryɛr pɑ̃ˈseɪ /
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noun, plural ar·rière-pen·sées [a-ryer-pahn-sey]. /a ryɛr pɑ̃ˈseɪ/. French.

a mental reservation; hidden motive.

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British Dictionary definitions for arrière-pensée

arrière-pensée
/ French (arjɛrpɑ̃se) /

noun

an unrevealed thought or intention
C19: literally: behind thought
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