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Definitions for pretension
prɪˈtɛn ʃənpre·ten·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pretension, pretense, pretencenoun

    a false or unsupportable quality

  2. pretensionnoun

    the advancing of a claim

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

  3. pretentiousness, pretension, largenessnoun

    the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)


  1. pretensionnoun

    A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.

  2. pretensionnoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pretensionnoun

    Etymology: pretensio, Lat. pretention, Fr.

    But if to unjust things thou dost pretend,
    Ere they begin, let thy pretensions end. John Denham.

    Men indulge those opinions and practices, that favour their pretensions. Roger L'Estrange.

    The commons demand that the consulship should lie in common to the pretensions of any Roman. Jonathan Swift.

    This was but an invention and pretension given out by the Spaniards. Francis Bacon.


  1. pretension

    Pretension is the act or behavior of showing off or pretending to be more important, intelligent, or cultured than one actually is. It typically refers to individuals trying to impress others with false or exaggerated claims.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pretensionnoun

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

  2. Pretensionnoun

    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

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F. prtention. See Pretend, Tension.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretension in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pretension in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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