Pretension

Pre*ten"sion

(?), n. [Cf. F. prtention. See Pretend, Tension.] 1. The act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of asserting right or title.
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The arrogant pretensions of Glengarry contributed to protract the discussion.
Macaulay.
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2. A claim made, whether true or false; a right alleged or assumed; a holding out the appearance of possessing a certain character; as, pretensions to scholarship.
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This was but an invention and pretension given out by the Spaniards.
Bacon.
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Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor their pretensions.
L'Estrange.
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