Definitions for pretensionprɪˈtɛn ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pre•ten•sionprɪˈtɛn ʃən(n.)

  1. the laying of a claim to something.

  2. a claim or title to something.

  3. Often, pretensions. a claim made, often indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, dignity, or importance.

  4. the act of pretending or alleging.

  5. an allegation of doubtful veracity.

  6. a pretext.

Origin of pretension:

1590–1600; < ML

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretension, pretense, pretence(noun)

    a false or unsupportable quality

  2. pretension(noun)

    the advancing of a claim

    "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"

  3. 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)


  1. pretension(Noun)

    A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.

  2. pretension(Noun)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretension(noun)

    the act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of asserting right or title

  2. Pretension(noun)

    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

Anagrams of pretension

  1. tin openers


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