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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pre·ten·sion /prɪˈtɛn(t)ʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·ten·sion n.
 1. The act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of asserting right or title.
    The arrogant pretensions of Glengarry contributed to protract the discussion.   --Macaulay.
 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.
    This was but an invention and pretension given out by the Spaniards.   --Bacon.
    Men indulge those opinions and practices that favor their pretensions.   --L'Estrange.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a false or unsupportable quality [syn: pretense, pretence]
      2: the advancing of a claim; "his pretension to the crown";
         "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous
      3: the quality of being pretentious (creating a false
         appearance of great importance or worth) [syn: pretentiousness]
         [ant: unpretentiousness]