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)

Etymology[edit]

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

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pretense (countable and uncountable, plural pretenses)

  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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Verb[edit]

pretense

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of pretensar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of pretensar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of pretensar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of pretensar.