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pretence

[ pri-tens, pree-tens ]
/ prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns /
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noun British.

variant of pretense.

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British Dictionary definitions for pretence

pretence

US pretense

/ (prɪˈtɛns) /

noun

the act of pretending
a false display; affectation
a claim, esp a false one, to a right, title, or distinction
make-believe or feigning
a false claim or allegation; pretext
a less common word for pretension (def. 3)
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