Pretension definition

prĭ-tĕnshən
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A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.
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Pretension is defined as a reason for something or a claim to something, or is something done to impress others.

An example of pretension is when you act as if you are intellectually superior and have more money than others around you.

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Pretension is to apply tension to something before a process or event.

An example of pretension is when a safety mechanism for tree climbing equipment applies tension to the rope pulley before a fall.

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A claim to something, such as a skill or profession.

A writer's pretensions to journalistic detachment.

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The advancing of such a claim.

Tried to prevent his pretensions to the throne.

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The unwarranted assumption that one is deserving of merit, or behavior indicative of such an assumption; pretentiousness.
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An instance of pretentiousness.
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A specious allegation; a pretext.
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A pretext or allegation.
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A claim, as to a right, title, distinction, etc.
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Assertion of a claim.
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Pretentiousness; ostentation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pretension
Plural:
pretensions