Definition of pretensively in US English:

pretensively

adverb

US
rare
  • Professedly; pretendedly, feignedly; as a pretext.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Parker (?1564–1614), religious controversialist. From pretensive + -ly.

Pronunciation

pretensively

/prɪˈtɛnsɪvli/