pretension

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[ pri-ten-shuhn ]
/ prɪˈtɛn ʃən /

noun

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Origin of pretension

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First recorded in 1590–1600, pretension is from the Medieval Latin word praetēnsiōn- (stem of praetēnsiō). See pretense, -ion

Definition for pretension (2 of 2)

pretension2
[ pree-ten-shuhn ]
/ priˈtɛn ʃən /

verb (used with object)

(in prestressed-concrete construction) to apply tension to (reinforcing strands) before the concrete is poured.Compare posttension (def. 1).
to make (a concrete member) with pretensioned reinforcement.

Origin of pretension

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First recorded in 1935–40; pre- + tension
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British Dictionary definitions for pretension

pretension
/ (prɪˈtɛnʃən) /

noun

(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
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