- 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 tendentiousness
He is a Socialist, but his fiction is wholly without "tendentiousness."Literature and Life
William Dean Howells
- having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one
C20: from tendency
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Word Origin and History for tendentiousness
1900, formed after or from German tendenziös, from tendenz, from Medieval Latin tendentia (see tendency).
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