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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRETENSION

To folly, to pretension, to presumption, he showed but slight forbearance.

Where the pretension is higher, the test may justly be more severe.

The Utopian ideas which I have expressed have in no way the pretension to be new.

I speak generally, and not with any pretension to exactness.

He has pretension; he wishes and attempts things beyond his force.

I have no pretension to delay my reader by any details of the trial itself.

I shall be able to feed them; but how to lodge them with any pretension to comfort is more than I can see.'

You don't set up the pretension of dictating to me what I am to do with what's my own.

You don't set up the pretension of dictating to me what I am to do with what is my own.

She reveres in my person a genius to which I make no pretension.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "assertion, allegation; objection; intention; signification," from Medieval Latin pretensionem (nominative praetensio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin praetendere "stretch in front, put forward, allege" (see pretend (v.)). Meaning "unproven claim" is from c.1600. Sense of "ostentation" is from 1727.

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