• (RP) IPA: /pɹɪˈtɛnʃəsliː/, /pɹəˈtɛnʃəsliː/
  • (America) IPA: /pɹɪˈtɛnʃəsliː/, /pɹiːˈtɛnʃəsliː/


  1. In a manner with unwarranted claim to importance or distinction.
  2. Ostentatiously; in a manner intended to impress others.
    • 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter I, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
      Little disappointed, then, she turned attention to "Chat of the Social World," gossip which exercised potent fascination upon the girl's intelligence. She devoured with more avidity than she had her food those pretentiously phrased chronicles of the snobocracy […] distilling therefrom an acid envy that robbed her napoleon of all its savour.
  3. In a manner demanding of skill or daring.
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