The act of pretending, or laying claim; the act of asserting right or title.
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.
claim, cause of action, claim for relief
a false or unsupportable quality
the advancing of a claim; "his pretension to the crown"; "the town still puts forward pretensions as a famous resort"
the quality of being pretentious (creating a false appearance of great importance or worth)