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pretension1

[pri-ten-shuh n] /prɪˈtɛn ʃən/
noun
1.
the laying of a claim to something.
2.
a claim or title to something.
3.
Often, pretensions. a claim made, especially indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, or the like:
They laughed at my pretensions to superior judgment.
4.
a claim to dignity, importance, or merit.
6.
the act of pretending or alleging.
7.
an allegation of doubtful veracity.
8.
a pretext.
Origin of pretension1
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin praetēnsiōn- (stem of praetēnsiō). See pretense, -ion

pretension2

[pree-ten-shuh n] /priˈtɛn ʃən/
verb (used with object)
1.
(in prestressed-concrete construction) to apply tension to (reinforcing strands) before the concrete is poured.
Compare posttension (def 1).
2.
to make (a concrete member) with pretensioned reinforcement.
Origin
1935-40; pre- + tension
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pretension

/prɪˈtɛnʃən/
noun
1.
(often pl) a false or unsupportable claim, esp to merit, worth, or importance
2.
a specious or unfounded allegation; pretext
3.
the state or quality of being pretentious
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Word Origin and History for pretension
n.

mid-15c., "assertion, allegation; objection; intention; signification," from Medieval Latin pretensionem (nominative praetensio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege" (see pretend (v.)). Meaning "unproven claim" is from c.1600. Sense of "ostentation" is from 1727.

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