tendentious

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adjective ten·den·tious \ ten-ˈden(t)-shəs \

Definition of tendentious

:marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view :biased

tendentiously

adverb

tendentiousness

noun

Examples of tendentious in a Sentence

  1. He made some extremely tendentious remarks.

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Tendentious is one of several words English speakers can choose when they want to suggest that someone has made up his or her mind in advance. You may be partial to predisposed or prone to favor partisan, but whatever your leanings, we're inclined to think you'll benefit from adding tendentious to your repertoire. A derivative of the Medieval Latin word tendentia, meaning "tendency," plus the English suffix -ious, tendentious has been used in English as an adjective for biased attitudes since at least 1900.

First Known Use of tendentious

1900


TENDENTIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

tendentious

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Definition of tendentious for English Language Learners

  • : strongly favoring a particular point of view in a way that may cause argument : expressing a strong opinion


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