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  1. pre·tense
    IPA[ˈprēˌtens]
  2. noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: pretence, plural noun: pretences

    • noun

      an attempt to make something that is not the case appear true:

      a false display of feelings, attitudes, or intentions:

    • a small shield within a coat of arms, bearing another coat or device to which the bearer has a claim, especially one to which a man's wife is heiress
    • plural

      behavior intended to deceive others:
    • plural

      behaviour intended to deceive others:
    • a small shield within a coat of arms, bearing another coat or device to which the bearer has a claim, especially one to which a man's wife is heiress
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