Origin of pretension2
- (often plural) a false or unsupportable claim, esp to merit, worth, or importance
- a specious or unfounded allegation; pretext
- the state or quality of being pretentious
Word Origin and History for pretensioned
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.