pretense

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  • pretence (Only correct spelling in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, and Commonwealth countries, and historical use in the United States)
  • prætense (archaic)

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From Middle French pretensse, from Late Latin prætensus, past participle of prætendere (to pretend), from præ- (before) + tendere (to stretch); see pretend.

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pretense (plural pretenses)

  1. (US) A false or hypocritical profession, as, under pretense of friendliness.
  2. Intention or purpose not real but professed.
    without 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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