Ob*tend" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obtended; p. pr. & vb. n. Obtending.] [L.obtendere, obtentum, to stretch or place before or against; ob (see Ob-) + tendere to stretch.]
To oppose; to hold out in opposition.
To offer as the reason of anything; to pretend.
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