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3.
(pre-10-shull) n. the potential to become pretntious
The lead singer of this band is not quite good enough to be pretentious, but he's got pretential.
by Damanda13 October 22, 2010
 
1.
The potential to be pretentious.
Miley Cyrus is oozing with pretential; one more unnecessary feud or diva moment and she will have broken the barrier into pretention.
by jk5k May 25, 2009
 
2.
An older woman who looks as if she would have been attractive when she was younger.

Much like a younger girl may have potential (definition 3) to be attractive when she's older.
"hey check out that old woman"

"She's got definite pretential"
by Phlebas June 13, 2012
 
4.
If "potential" is "having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future"; then *Pretential* is the *potential to have potential*.
Example; If you study well, you have POTENTIAL.
If you aren't bothering to study, but you have the right teachers, books, notes, etc.; then you have PRETENTIAL

Person 1: You've got a great teacher, the textbook's got all the information, and you have every other possible tool you could need! You've just got so much potential!
Person 2: I don't have potential, I'm not studying yet!
Person 1: Yes you do...
Person 2: No, I only have *PREtential*

but this word could be used in any context :P
by BeastlyHarlotx3 February 24, 2009