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English definition of “pretender”

pretender

noun [C]     /prɪˈten.dər/ US  /-dɚ/
a person who states they have a right to the high position that someone else has, although other people disagree with this: The rebel forces are led by the pretender to the throne (= the person who wants to replace the present king or queen).Position and status in groups and organizations
(Definition of pretender noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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