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Is tension a force or not?

I have been confused for quite some time on this matter. When I originally learned about tension it was through a simple kinematics problem in an introductory physics course in high school, and I was simply told yes it was a force. However, as I have moved on to AP physics I am confused. Is tension a force, a psuedoforce, or something else all together I have a fairly decent understanding of calculus so if anyone could please explain to me what exactly it is it would be much appreciated :)

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