: an allegation of doubtful value : pretext
: a claim or an effort to establish a claim
: a claim or right to attention or honor because of merit
: an aspiration or intention that may or may not reach fulfillment <has serious literary pretensions>
Examples of PRETENSION
- He spoke about his achievements without pretension.
- I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.
- The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.
First Known Use of PRETENSION
2pre·ten·sion verb \ˌprē-ˈten(t)-shən\
Origin of PRETENSION
First Known Use: 1937
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