Definition of pretendence in US English:

pretendence

(also pretendance)

noun

rare
  • The action of "pretend"; an instance of this; a claim, a pretension.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Daniel (?1563–1619), poet and historian. From pretend + -ence. Compare Middle French pretendence, Middle French prétendence.

Pronunciation

pretendence

/prɪˈtɛnd(ə)ns/