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pretension

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noun pre·ten·sion \pri-ˈten(t)-shən\

Definition of pretension

  1. 1 :  an allegation of doubtful value :  pretext

  2. 2 :  a claim or an effort to establish a claim

  3. 3 :  a claim or right to attention or honor because of merit

  4. 4 :  an aspiration or intention that may or may not reach fulfillment <has serious literary pretensions>

  5. 5 :  vanity, pretentiousness

pretensionless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of pretension in a sentence

  1. He spoke about his achievements without pretension.

  2. I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.

  3. The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.

15th Century

First Known Use of pretension

15th century

Synonym Discussion of pretension

ambition, aspiration, pretension mean strong desire for advancement. ambition applies to the desire for personal advancement or preferment and may suggest equally a praiseworthy or an inordinate desire <driven by ambition>. aspiration implies a striving after something higher than oneself <an aspiration to become president someday>. pretension suggests ardent desire for recognition of accomplishment often without actual possession of the necessary ability and therefore may imply presumption <has literary pretensions>.

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pretension

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verb pre·ten·sion \ˌprē-ˈten(t)-shən\

Definition of pretension

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  prestress

Origin and Etymology of pretension

pre- + 2tension


First Known Use: 1937

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PRETENSION Defined for English Language Learners

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pretension

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noun pre·ten·sion \pri-ˈten(t)-shən\

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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