See also: prétension
pretension (plural pretensions)
- A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality.
1872, “Reviews of Postal Publications”, in The Stamp-Collector's Magazine, volume 10, page 110:
- As a foreign stamp gazette it is nowhere. An article on Stamp Collecting, by J. E. Gray, “reprinted from one of his books,” and a catalogue of stamps constitute its sole attraction. We are surprised to find such sounding pretentions so poorly supported.
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- To apply tension to an object before some other event or process.
- (construction) To apply tension to reinforcing strands before concrete is poured in.