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Definition of "pretension" [pre•ten•sion]

  • A specious allegation; a pretext. (noun)
  • A claim to something, such as a privilege or right. See Synonyms at claim. (noun)
  • The advancing of a claim. (noun)
  • Ostentatious display; pretentiousness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pretension" in a sentence
  • "The moment this pretension is abandoned the sword will drop from our grasp, and we shall be ready to enter into treaties of amity and commerce mutually beneficial."
  • "The first target of Everett's satire is the writing of fiction itself, which is portrayed implicitly as an enterprise saturated in pretension and moribund assumptions."
  • "The almost complete lack of pretension is wonderful, though you can certainly find a bit of that in the gated communities."