[ ten-den-shuh s ]
/ tɛnˈdɛn ʃəs /


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

1895–1900; < Medieval Latin tendenti(a) tendency + -ous

Related forms

ten·den·tious·ly, adverbten·den·tious·ness, noun
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/ (tɛnˈdɛnʃəs) /


having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one

Derived Forms

tendentiously, tendenciously, tendentially or tendencially, adverbtendentiousness or tendenciousness, noun

Word Origin for tendentious

C20: from tendency
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