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[ten-den-shuh s] /tɛnˈdɛn ʃəs/
having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose:
a tendentious novel.
Also, tendencious, tendential
[ten-den-shuh l] /tɛnˈdɛn ʃəl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of tendentious
1895-1900; < Medieval Latin tendenti(a) tendency + -ous
Related forms
tendentiously, adverb
tendentiousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tendentious
  • But this review can only be described as tendentious, biased, and misleading.
  • The continuing effort to conflate accusations, both false and true, is tendentious.
  • But, to his tendentious critics, none of that matters.
  • Yet the department's tendentious methods are open to challenge.
  • Several continued to work much later and do more than paint, but this is a tendentious affair, plausibly so.
  • Tear down the pulpy pile of farragoes and tendentious epigones.
  • Both, alas, soon gave in to tendentious theorising of their own.
  • The use of the word implies a tendentious distinction.
  • The books are, indeed, often tendentious and extreme.
  • The last three paragraphs are best described as collection of tendentious gibberish.
British Dictionary definitions for tendentious


having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one
Derived Forms
tendentiously, tendenciously, tendentially, tendencially, adverb
tendentiousness, tendenciousness, noun
Word Origin
C20: from tendency
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Word Origin and History for tendentious

1900, formed after or from German tendenziös, from tendenz, from Medieval Latin tendentia (see tendency).

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