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Meaning of PRETENSION

Pronunciation:  pri'tenshun

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a false or unsupportable quality
  2. [n]  the quality of being pretentious (creating a false appearance of great importance or worth)
  3. [n]  the advancing of a claim; "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"
 

PRETENSION is a 10 letter word that starts with P.

 

 Synonyms: pretence, pretense, pretentiousness
 
 Antonyms: unpretentiousness
 
 See Also: artificiality, claim, ostentation, unnaturalness

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Pre*ten"sion\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]tention. See
{Pretend}, {Tension}.]
1. The act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of
   asserting right or title.

         The arrogant pretensions of Glengarry contributed to
         protract the discussion.              --Macaulay.

2. A claim made, whether true or false; a right alleged or
   assumed; a holding out the appearance of possessing a
   certain character; as, pretensions to scholarship.

         This was but an invention and pretension given out
         by the Spaniards.                     --Bacon.

         Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor
         their pretensions.                    --L'Estrange.

 

 

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