Pretensive vs Pretentious - What's the difference?

pretensive | pretentious |

As an adjective pretentious is

marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.


Not English

Pretensive has no English definition. It may be misspelled.

English words similar to 'pretensive':

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Alternative forms



(en adjective)
  • Marked by an unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
  • Their song titles are pretentious in the context of their basic lyrics.
  • Ostentatious; intended to impress others.
  • Her dress was obviously more pretentious than comfortable.


    * poseur * See also


    * unpretentious

    Derived terms

    * pretentiously * pretentiousness


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