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pretension (n.)

mid-15c., pretensioun, "assertion, allegation; objection; intention; signification," from Medieval Latin pretensionem (nominative pretensio), 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. The sense of "ostentation" is from 1727, from the notion of "act of putting forth a (false) claim to merit, dignity, or importance."

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Definitions of pretension

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
From wordnet.princeton.edu