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[pree-ten-shuh n]
verb (used with object)
  1. (in prestressed-concrete construction) to apply tension to (reinforcing strands) before the concrete is poured.Compare posttension(def 1).
  2. to make (a concrete member) with pretensioned reinforcement.
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Origin of pretension2

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


  1. (often plural) a false or unsupportable claim, esp to merit, worth, or importance
  2. a specious or unfounded allegation; pretext
  3. the state or quality of being pretentious
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Word Origin and History for pretensioned



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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