Definition of “pretension” - English Dictionary

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“pretension” in British English

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(Definition of “pretension” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pretensionnoun [ C/U ]

us /prɪˈten·ʃən/

the appearance of being more important or more serious than there is reason for:

[ U ] Leonard’s paintings have a real freedom from pretension.

A pretension is also a claim or belief that you can succeed or that you are important or have serious value:

[ C usually pl ] He has no pretensions for higher office.

(Definition of “pretension” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)