Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Chiefly British Variant of pretense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of pretending or pretension; a false claim or pretext.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See pretense, pretenseful, pretenseless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See pretense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pretending with intention to deceive
  • n. imaginative intellectual play
  • n. a false or unsupportable quality
  • n. an artful or simulated semblance
  • n. the act of giving a false appearance

Etymologies

From Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin praetensus (prætensus) (past participle of praetendere (prætendere), prae- (præ-) + tendere). (Wiktionary)

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