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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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Definitions of pretension from WordNet

pretension (n.)
a false or unsupportable quality;
Synonyms: pretense / pretence
pretension (n.)
the advancing of a claim;
the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort
his pretension to the crown
pretension (n.)
the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth);
Synonyms: pretentiousness / largeness
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