What does pretension mean?

Definitions for pretensionprɪˈtɛn ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pretension.

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

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


  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

Images & Illustrations of pretension

  1. pretensionpretensionpretension

Translations for pretension

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for pretension »


Find a translation for the pretension definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these pretension definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"pretension." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 23 Apr. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/pretension>.

Are we missing a good definition for pretension? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for pretension:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.