a person who pretends, especially for a dishonest purpose.
an aspirant or claimant (often followed by to ): a pretender to the throne.
a person who makes unjustified or false claims, statements, etc., as about personal status, abilities, intentions, or the like: a pretender to literary genius.

1585–95; pretend + -er1 Unabridged
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pretender (prɪˈtɛndə)
1.  a person who pretends or makes false allegations
2.  a person who mounts a claim, as to a throne or title

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Example sentences
The four-year-old-first crown prince and then uncrowned pretender-served nine decades longer, with brains and charm.
The likeliest pretender to the dollar's crown is the euro.
At this point in the season, you pretty much know if you have a fantasy contender or pretender.
He will be more receptive to an incentive-laden contract from a contender than a mega contract from a pretender.
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