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[ten-den-shuh s]
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  1. having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: a tendentious novel.
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Also ten·den·cious, ten·den·tial [ten-den-shuh l] /tɛnˈdɛn ʃəl/.

Origin of tendentious

1895–1900; < Medieval Latin tendenti(a) tendency + -ous
Related formsten·den·tious·ly, adverbten·den·tious·ness, noun
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prejudicial, bigoted, disposed, one-sided, partial, partisan, prejudiced, chauvinistic

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  1. having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one
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Derived Formstendentiously, tendenciously, tendentially or tendencially, adverbtendentiousness or 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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