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Borrowed from Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin praetēnsus, past participle of Latin praetendō (to pretend), from prae- (before) + tendō (to stretch); see pretend.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɹiːtɛns/
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  • Hyphenation: pre‧tense

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pretense (countable and uncountable, plural pretenses) (American spelling)

  1. (US) A false or hypocritical profession
    under pretense of friendliness
  2. Intention or purpose not real but professed.
    with only a pretense of accuracy
  3. An unsupported claim made or implied.
  4. An insincere attempt to reach a specific condition or quality.

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  1. inflection of pretensar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative