Pretension

Definition of Pretension

Pre`ten´sion
n.1.The act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of asserting right or title.
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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