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pretense

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noun pre·tense \ˈprē-ˌten(t)s, pri-ˈ\

Simple Definition of pretense

  • : a false reason or explanation that is used to hide the real purpose of something

  • : an act or appearance that looks real but is false

  • : a claim of having a particular quality, ability, condition, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pretense

  1. 1 :  a claim made or implied; especially :  one not supported by fact

  2. 2 a :  mere ostentation :  pretentiousness <confuse dignity with pomposity and pretense — Bennett Cerf> b :  a pretentious act or assertion

  3. 3 :  an inadequate or insincere attempt to attain a certain condition or quality

  4. 4 :  professed rather than real intention or purpose :  pretext <was there under false pretenses>

  5. 5 :  make-believe, fiction

  6. 6 :  false show :  simulation <saw through his pretense of indifference>

Examples of pretense in a sentence

  1. We tried to keep up the pretense that everything was fine.

  2. Their indifference is merely pretense.



Variants of pretense

or

pretence

Origin and Etymology of pretense

Middle English, probably modification of Medieval Latin pretensio, irregular from Latin praetendere


First Known Use: 15th century



PRETENSE Defined for Kids

pretense

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noun pre·tense \ˈprē-ˌtens, pri-ˈtens\

Definition of pretense for Students

  1. 1 :  an act or appearance that looks real but is false <He made a pretense of studying.>

  2. 2 :  an effort to reach a certain condition or quality <His report makes no pretense at completeness.>



Variants of pretense

or

pretence

\ˈprē-ˌtens, pri-ˈtens\


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