Origin of pretension1
verb (used with object)
Origin of pretension2
Examples from the Web for pretension
Trekkies are defensive about the minutiae of their sacred source material, sometimes to the point of pretension.
Humor, after all, is a social corrective against arrogance, ignorance and pretension.
But it's also because, from the APF's point of view, pretension is bad business.
People loved Julia because she was very straightforward, and she didn't put on any airs, or have any pretension.
That would be a pretension from which the great writers who possessed the talent necessary to describe themselves preserve me.My Own Affairs|Louise, Princess of Belgium
The Schloss is a house of very moderate size, and no pretension of any kind.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3)|George Eliot
Then will the Barbarism of Slavery be repelled, and the pretension of property in man be rebuked.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 6 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
But I plainly saw none of them could endure this experiment long enough to make good that pretension.Early Travels in Palestine|Arculf et al.
Afterward, in the name of this pretension, he sought to arrest all action by Congress for the relief of the settlers there.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
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.