- having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: a tendentious novel.
Also ten·den·cious, ten·den·tial [ten-den-shuh l] /tɛnˈdɛn ʃəl/.
Origin of tendentious
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Examples from the Web for tendentious
Oh, at this distance almost any answer is likely to be tendentious.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece
John le Carré
November 8, 2014
Munayyer is not un-informed, but his article is tendentious.(Mis)Interpreting Zionist History
Brent E. Sasley
March 19, 2013
Again and again, they delivered bloviating, tendentious monologues and then cut Hagel off when he tried to reply.Hagel Backs Down
February 1, 2013
Bereft of serious arguments, anti-Obama types resort to tendentious claims about symbolic slights.Of Obama and Bagels
July 25, 2012
"Somewhat misleading and tendentious," the New York Times executive editor, Bill Keller, said about the study.How the Press Covers Torture
July 6, 2010
The position in Ethiopia is, to say the least of it, tendentious, and at any moment the natives may change their skin.
- having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one
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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