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.
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]