(prĭ-tĕn′shən) n.

1. the laying of a claim to something.
2. a claim or title to something.
3. Often, pretensions. a claim made, often indirectly or by implication, to some quality, merit, dignity, or importance.
4. the act of pretending or alleging.
5. an allegation of doubtful veracity.
6. a pretext.

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