Definition of pretension
pretensionlessplay \-ləs\ adjective
Examples of pretension in a sentence
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
Synonym Discussion of pretension
Origin and Etymology of pretension
pre- + 2tension
First Known Use: 1936
PRETENSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pretension for English Language Learners
: the unpleasant quality of people who think of themselves as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are
: a desire to do something or a claim to be something that is impressive or important
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