having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: a tendentious novel.
- Also ten·den·cious, ten·den·tial [ten-den-shuhl]. /tɛnˈdɛn ʃəl/.
- ten·den·tious·ly, adverb
- ten·den·tious·ness, noun
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How to use tendentious in a sentence
Describing that as humane, as the Administration has, is “tendentious,” Krikorian says.Can One Agency Keep the U.S. Safe and Still Be Humane? The New DHS Chief Thinks So | Alana Abramson | May 12, 2021 | Time
Petrovsky says he had to work at stopping some tendentious reporters from distorting his paper’s findings to shape a narrative that SARS-CoV-2 had unequivocally been manufactured.Did the coronavirus leak from a lab? These scientists say we shouldn’t rule it out. | Niall Firth | March 18, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Munayyer is not un-informed, but his article is tendentious.
Again and again, they delivered bloviating, tendentious monologues and then cut Hagel off when he tried to reply.
Bereft of serious arguments, anti-Obama types resort to tendentious claims about symbolic slights.
"Somewhat misleading and tendentious," the New York Times executive editor, Bill Keller, said about the study.
The position in Ethiopia is, to say the least of it, tendentious, and at any moment the natives may change their skin.
Calling it by a certain name-media-ocracy-is probably tendentious.The Civilization of Illiteracy | Mihai Nadin
British Dictionary definitions for tendentious
having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one
- tendentiously, tendenciously, tendentially or tendencially, adverb
- tendentiousness or tendenciousness, noun
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