tendentious

[ ten-den-shuhs ]
/ tɛnˈdɛn ʃəs /

adjective

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-shuhl]. /tɛnˈdɛn ʃəl/.

Origin of tendentious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM tendentious

ten·den·tious·ly, adverbten·den·tious·ness, noun
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tendentious

tendencious

/ (tɛnˈdɛnʃəs) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of tendentious

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

Word Origin for tendentious

C20: from tendency
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