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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
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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  • 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.
  • But the spirit of the film is sophomoric and the plotting so artificial that its pretensions to reality are ridiculous.
  • And she was able to deflate the pretensions of her peers with a wit so laconic it was practically unnoticeable.
  • Instead, he became a staunch pro-Western satrap with grandiose pretensions.
  • Any morning newspaper with pretensions of currency must have writers on the job well into the wee hours.
  • Many small property holders in industrial towns were as resentful of the pretensions of the business elite as were the workers.
  • Through electronic control a single switch simultaneously locks and pretensions all four belts.
British Dictionary definitions for pretensions

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 pretensions

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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