[ ten-den-shuh s ]
/ tɛnˈdɛn ʃəs /


having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: a tendentious novel.

Nearby words

  1. tend to,
  2. tendance,
  3. tendency,
  4. tendency tone,
  5. tendential,
  6. tendentiously,
  7. tender,
  8. tender age,
  9. tender is the night,
  10. tender loving care

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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Examples from the Web for tendentiousness

  • He is a Socialist, but his fiction is wholly without "tendentiousness."

    Literature and Life|William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for tendentiousness



/ (tɛnˈdɛnʃəs) /


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

Word Origin for tendentious

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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