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pre·ten·sion

 (prĭ-tĕn′shən)
n.
1. A specious allegation; a pretext: "the pretension that current political arrangements serve everyone's interests" (Steven Pinker).
2.
a. A claim to something, such as a skill or profession: a writer's pretensions to journalistic detachment.
b. The advancing of such a claim: tried to prevent his pretensions to the throne.
3.
a. The unwarranted assumption that one is deserving of merit, or behavior indicative of such an assumption; pretentiousness: "the popular association of wine with snobbery and pretension" (Paul Lukacs).
b. An instance of pretentiousness: "[He] was a likable, boyish man from a middle-class Southern background, though his aristocratic manner and pretensions suggested otherwise" (Mary V. Dearborn).
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pretension

(prɪˈtɛnʃən)
n
1. (often plural) 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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pre•ten•sion

(prɪˈtɛn ʃən)

n.
1. the laying of a claim to something.
2. a claim or title to something.
3. Often, pretensions. a claim made, often indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, dignity, or importance.
4. the act of pretending or alleging.
5. an allegation of doubtful veracity.
6. a pretext.
[1590–1600; < Medieval Latin]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pretension - a false or unsupportable quality
artificiality - the quality of being produced by people and not occurring naturally
2.pretension - the advancing of a claim; "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"
claim - an assertion of a right (as to money or property); "his claim asked for damages"
3.pretension - the quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
unnaturalness - the quality of being unnatural or not based on natural principles
ostentation - pretentious or showy or vulgar display
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pretension

noun
2. (usually plural) aspiration, claim, demand, profession, assumption, assertion, pretence one of the few fashion designers who does not have pretensions to be an artist
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pretension

noun
1. A professed rather than a real reason:
2. A legitimate or supposed right to demand something as one's rightful due:
Slang: dibs.
3. Boastful self-importance or display:
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Translations
PrätentionRecht

pretension

[prɪˈtenʃən] N
1. (= claim) → pretensión f
to have pretensions to culturetener pretensiones de cultura, pretender ser culto
2. (= pretentiousness) → presunción f, pretenciosidad f
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pretension

[prɪˈtɛnʃən] n
(= affectation) → prétention
the pretensions of the art world → les prétentions du monde artistique
lack of pretension → absence de prétention
without pretension → sans prétention
(= claim) → prétention f
to have no pretensions to sth → n'avoir aucune prétention à qch
to have no pretensions to being sth → n'avoir aucune prétention à être qch
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pretension

n
(= claim)Anspruch m; (social, cultural) → Ambition f; he makes no pretension(s) to originalityer beansprucht keineswegs, originell zu sein
(= ostentation)Prahlerei f, → Protzerei f (pej inf); (= affectation)Anmaßung f
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pretension

[prɪˈtɛnʃn] n (claim) → pretesa
to have no pretensions to sth/to being sth → non avere la pretesa di avere qc/di essere qc
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References in classic literature ?
Let me ask whether every circumstance is not, on the contrary, strictly conformable to these principles, and scrupulously impartial to the rights and pretensions of every class and description of citizens?
"Why pretensions? Do you think I could not become an artist?"
This practice has been universal among ladies of any pretensions to breeding in all well-governed States, as far back as the memory of Figures can reach.
The three pieces are included in the present collection, so the reader can judge for himself what pretensions they possess to be by the author of "The Raven."
At the same time I read the literature of the subject, and gave the pretensions of Macpherson an unquestioning faith.
In the wide field of Western territory, therefore, we perceive an ample theatre for hostile pretensions, without any umpire or common judge to interpose between the contending parties.
your presumption in saying you have resigned all pretensions to a
Like nations of higher pretensions, the American Indian gives a very different account of his own tribe or race from that which is given by other people.
Here, the loud self-assertion of Modern Progress -- which has reformed so much in manners, and altered so little in men -- meets the flat contradiction that scatters its pretensions to the winds.
I call it swindling to make such false pretensions."
This was a sore abomination to the honest captain, who held their literary pretensions in great contempt.
My mother heard him say it; and he said those skeletons were two million years old, which astonished her and made her Kentucky pretensions look small and pretty antiphonal, not to say oblique.