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pretense

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pretense(US)noun
or Britishpretence/ˈpriːˌtɛns/British/prɪˈtɛns/
pluralpretenses
pretense(US)
noun
or British pretence /ˈpriːˌtɛns/British/prɪˈtɛns/
pluralpretenses
Learner's definition of PRETENSE  
[count] : a false reason or explanation that is used to hide the real purpose of something
: 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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