Definitions for pretensionprɪˈtɛn ʃən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the laying of a claim to something.
a claim or title to something.
Often, pretensions. a claim made, often indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, dignity, or importance.
the act of pretending or alleging.
an allegation of doubtful veracity.
Origin of pretension:
1590–1600; < ML
pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)
a false or unsupportable quality
the advancing of a claim
"his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"
pretentiousness, pretension, largeness(noun)
the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.
the act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of asserting right or title
a claim made, whether true or false; a right alleged or assumed; a holding out the appearance of possessing a certain character; as, pretensions to scholarship