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Noun: pretension  pri'ten-shun
  1. A false or unsupportable quality
    - pretense [N. Amer], pretence [Brit, Cdn]
  2. The advancing of a claim
    "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"
  3. The quality of being pretentious (behaving or speaking in such a manner as to create a false appearance of great importance or worth)
    - pretentiousness, largeness

Derived forms: pretensions

Type of: artificiality, claim, unnaturalness