Learner's definition of PRETENSION
1 [noncount] : the unpleasant quality of people who think of themselves as more impressive, successful, or important than they really are
He spoke about his achievements without pretension.
I admire his honesty and lack of pretension.
The restaurant offers excellent food without pretension.
2 [count] : a desire to do something or a claim to be something that is impressive or important— usually plural