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pretension2

[pree-ten-shuh n] /priˈtɛn ʃən/
verb (used with object)
1.
(in prestressed-concrete construction) to apply tension to (reinforcing strands) before the concrete is poured.
Compare posttension (def 1).
2.
to make (a concrete member) with pretensioned reinforcement.
Origin of pretension2
1935-1940
1935-40; pre- + tension
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British Dictionary definitions for pretensioned

pretension

/prɪˈtɛnʃən/
noun
1.
(often pl) 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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Word Origin and History for pretensioned

pretension

n.

mid-15c., "assertion, allegation; objection; intention; signification," from Medieval Latin pretensionem (nominative praetensio), 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. Sense of "ostentation" is from 1727.

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