Pronunciation: (pri-tens', prē'tens),[key] —n. 1. pretending or feigning; make-believe: My sleepiness was all pretense. 2. a false show of something: a pretense of friendship. 3. a piece of make-believe.
4. the act of pretending or alleging falsely.
5. a false allegation or justification: He excused himself from the lunch on a pretense of urgent business. 6. insincere or false profession: His pious words were mere pretense. 7. the putting forth of an unwarranted claim.
8. the claim itself.
9. any allegation or claim: to obtain money under false pretenses. 10. pretension (usually fol. by to): destitute of any pretense to wit. 11. pretentiousness. Also,esp. Brit.,pretence.