Definition of pretensive in English:

pretensive

adjective

  • 1Characterized by pretence; professed; pretended, feigned. Now rare.

  • 2Chiefly US. Pretentious, ostentatious, snobbish.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Parker (?1564–1614), religious controversialist. From post-classical Latin praetens-, past participial stem of classical Latin praetendere + -ive.

Pronunciation

pretensive

/prɪˈtɛnsɪv/