A claim or aspiration to a particular status or quality. (noun)
Examples of word pretension
The moment this pretension is abandoned the sword will drop from our grasp, and we shall be ready to enter into treaties of amity and commerce mutually beneficial.
The first target of Everett's satire is the writing of fiction itself, which is portrayed implicitly as an enterprise saturated in pretension and moribund assumptions.
The almost complete lack of pretension is wonderful, though you can certainly find a bit of that in the gated communities.
Conservative status pretension might work differently, but status pretension is status pretension, and as a general matter, because the vast majority of educationally-based upwardly mobile classes in this country is liberal, it applies well to liberal habits.
As an engineer my tolerance for pretension is generally lower that that of the academics!