pretension

1
[pri-ten-shuh n]

noun


Nearby words

  1. pretence,
  2. pretend,
  3. pretended,
  4. pretender,
  5. pretense,
  6. pretensive,
  7. pretentious,
  8. preter-,
  9. preterhuman,
  10. preterist

Origin of pretension

1
First recorded in 1590–1600, pretension is from the Medieval Latin word praetēnsiōn- (stem of praetēnsiō). See pretense, -ion

pretension

2
[pree-ten-shuh n]

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

2
First recorded in 1935–40; pre- + tension

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British Dictionary definitions for pretension

pretension

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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Word Origin and History for pretension

pretension

n.

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.

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