One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Characterized by pretence; professed; pretended, feigned. Now rare.
2Chiefly US. Pretentious, ostentatious, snobbish.
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.
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