pretense

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pretense (US) noun
or British pretence /ˈpriːˌtɛns/ Brit /prɪˈtɛns/
plural pretenses
pretense (US)
noun
or British pretence /ˈpriːˌtɛns/ Brit /prɪˈtɛns/
plural pretenses
Learner's definition of PRETENSE
[count] : a false reason or explanation that is used to hide the real purpose of something : pretext
: an act or appearance that looks real but is false
[singular]
[noncount]
[count] formal : a claim of having a particular quality, ability, condition, etc. usually singular
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