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Webster 1913 Edition


Pretension

Pre-ten′sion

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
prétention
. 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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pretension

PRETEN'SION

, n.
1.
Claim, true or false; a holding out the appearance of right or possession of a thing, with a view to make others believe what is not real, or what, if true, is not yet known or admitted. A man may make pretensions to rights which he cannot maintain; he may make pretensions to skill which he does not possess; and he may make pretensions to skill or acquirements which he really possesses, but which he is not known to possess. Hence we speak of ill founded pretensions, and well founded pretensions.
2.
Claim to something to be obtained, or a desire to obtain something, manifested by words or actions. Any citizen may have pretensions to the honor of representing the state in the senate or house of representatives.
The commons demand that the consulship should lie in common to the pretensions of any Roman.
Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor their pretensions.
3.
Fictitious appearance; a Latin phrase, not now used.
This was but an invention and pretension given out by the Spaniards.

Definition 2021


pretension

pretension

See also: pretensión

English

Noun

pretension (plural pretensions)

  1. A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.
    • 1872, “Reviews of Postal Publications”, in The Stamp-Collector's Magazine, volume 10, page 110:
      As a foreign stamp gazette it is nowhere. An article on Stamp Collecting, by J. E. Gray, “reprinted from one of his books,” and a catalogue of stamps constitute its sole attraction. We are surprised to find such sounding pretentions so poorly supported.
  2. Pretentiousness.

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Verb

pretension (third-person singular simple present pretensions, present participle pretensioning, simple past and past participle pretensioned)

  1. To apply tension to an object before some other event or process.
  2. (construction) To apply tension to reinforcing strands before concrete is poured in.

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