- 1 (pretension to) A claim or the assertion of a claim to something: their pretensions to culture we cannot tolerate pretension to infallibilityMore example sentences
aspiration, claim, assertion, pretense, profession
- Another reaction to our new scientific powers is what I will call the Malthusian Pretension - that is, the pretension to the ability to predict mankind's limitations.
- Intelligence's pretension to being objective is a hoax because those parts of it that do not reconfirm the power structure's interests and predetermined policies are ignored and discarded.
- As a result, the pretension to universality is all the more justified as researchers find themselves working in decontextualized and highly formalized fields.
- 1.1 (often pretensions) An aspiration or claim to a certain status or quality: another aging rocker with literary pretensionsMore example sentences
- Maybe I'll throw my literary pretensions out of the window for a while and try hurling a few oddly-shaped shards of prose in your direction.
- Preferably female and extremely annoying, with literary pretensions.
- The important thing is that no one with literary pretensions should be allowed near the project!
- 2The use of affectation to impress; ostentatiousness: he spoke simply, without pretensionMore example sentences
- He has staked out his claim for being a great critic through portentousness, pomposity, and extravagant pretension, and, from all appearances, seems to have achieved it.
- Its very simplicity serves as a correction to the elaborate artifice and pretension - most of it hollow - that pervade current dance-making.
- When she is there with you, she is simply there, with no pretension, no elaboration, no show.
late Middle English: from medieval Latin praetensio(n-), from praetens- 'alleged', from the verb praetendere (see pretend).
- 1Apply tension to (an object) before some other process or event: the safety system pretensions the seat beltsMore example sentences
- The Musso also has ABS brakes, traction control, driver's side airbag, pre-tensioned safety belts and side impact protection bars.
- Mercedes has a similar system on the S-Class called ‘Pre-Safe’ that pre-tensions the seatbelts, adjusts the seats to their optimal crash position if necessary, and closes the sunroof should the vehicle skid.
- If the sensor net determined that a collision was imminent, the system could brake the vehicle, pre-charge the airbags, pre-tension the seatbelts, and plot a path to impact that would result in the least likelihood of injury or death.
- 1.1Strengthen (reinforced concrete) by applying tension to the reinforcing rods before the concrete has set.More example sentences
- Concrete can be prestressed in a factory by tensioning the steel reinforcement first and then placing concrete around it - ‘pre-tensioned’ reinforcement.
- Dowel bars are similar steel bars installed across joints to provide resistance to shear, but are not pre-tensioned.
- Effectively an evolution of the familiar DSC traction control system, DSC + offers a range of benefits, including brake standby that pre-tensions the brakes when the driver quickly removes the pressure from the accelerator pedal.