Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To oppose; to hold out in opposition.
  • v. To offer as the reason for something; to pretend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To oppose; to hold out in opposition.
  • transitive v. To offer as the reason of anything; to pretend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To oppose; hold out in opposition.
  • To pretend; allege; plead as an excuse; offer as the reason of anything.

Etymologies

Latin obtendere, obtentum, to stretch or place before or against; ob (see ob-) + tendere to stretch. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The nation is first, and the plea is accurst That fosters a bias; its claims to obtend.

    Canadian Assimilation

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