pretensive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the participle stem of Latin praetendere +‎ -ive.

Adjective[edit]

pretensive (comparative more pretensive, superlative most pretensive)

  1. (now rare) Pretended; feigned. [from 17th c.]
  2. (chiefly US) Pretentious. [from 19th c.]
    • 1967, Charles Bukowski, letter, in On Writing, Canongate 2016, p. 95:
      I used half a lifetime reading the critics, and while I found the content pretensive I found the style somehow pleasurable […].

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