pretense

[ pri-tens, pree-tens ]
/ prɪˈtɛns, ˈpri tɛns /

noun

Also especially British, pre·tence.

Origin of pretense

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Medieval Latin *praetēnsa, noun use of feminine of praetēnsus, past participle (replacing Latin praetentus) of praetendere to pretend

Related forms

pre·tense·ful, adjectivepre·tense·less, adjective

Can be confused

pretense pretext
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