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Middle English, from Late Latin praetensus (Latin praetentus) (past participle of Latin praetendere) + Middle English -ed
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“Pretensed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pretensed. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.
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