- the laying of a claim to something.
- a claim or title to something.
- Often pretensions. a claim made, especially indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, or the like: They laughed at my pretensions to superior judgment.
- a claim to dignity, importance, or merit.
- the act of pretending or alleging.
- an allegation of doubtful veracity.
- a pretext.
Origin of pretension1
Origin of pretension2
Examples from the Web for pretensions
“People need to get over their pretensions and embrace the Upper East Side,” says Mark Dorosz.Why the Upper East Side Is Now Cooler Than Brooklyn
September 2, 2014
They were remarkable affairs, not in the scale of their pretensions, but in their all-inclusive nature.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
So much public sculpture comes off as oversized and overblown – as plop art, with pretensions to grandeur and greatness.Honey, I Shrunk The Sculptures
September 4, 2012
The O contained a whimsical smiley face, a wry, self-deprecating wink at the pretensions of power.Paul Begala Asks Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright About Vaclav Havel
December 20, 2011
Jim Harrison steps out of that tradition, but with contempt for its pretensions.Jim Harrison Can Make You a Better Animal
September 23, 2010
Heyward was not slow to confirm an opinion that was so favorable to his own pretensions.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
And if he had, would not there have been an end of all his pretensions and hopes?Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
How widely different the nature and pretensions of thy worshippers!Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Or why should the pretensions of the soutar be absolutely trusted?Salted With Fire
What pretensions has he that should entitle him to dream of you, Pauline?
- (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 pretensions
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.