pretension

1 [pri-ten-shuhn]
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:
1590–1600; < Medieval Latin praetēnsiōn- (stem of praetēnsiō). See pretense, -ion

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pretension

2 [pree-ten-shuhn]
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)
 
n
1.  (often plural) 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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Example sentences
He had no great pretensions about who he was or what he was.
Realism is in part the ability to see the truth behind moral pretensions.
But for all his grandiose pretensions, he is a buffoon-and a particularly nasty
  one.
With a healthy disregard for bizarre pretensions, privacy becomes irrelevant to
  liberty.
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