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From tendency +‎ -ious, after German tendenziös.


  • IPA(key): /tɛnˈdɛnʃəs/
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tendentious (comparative more tendentious, superlative most tendentious)

  1. Having a tendency; written or spoken with a partisan, biased or prejudiced purpose, especially a controversial one.
    • 2016 November 23, Karen Tumulty, “Trump backs away from some of his strident campaign promises”, in The Washington Post[1]:
      President-elect Donald Trump abruptly abandoned some of his most tendentious campaign promises Tuesday, saying he does not plan to prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system or the dealings of her family foundation, has an “open mind” about a climate-change accord from which he vowed to withdraw the United States and is no longer certain that torturing terrorism suspects is a good idea.
    • 2021 November 17, Anthony Lambert, “How do we grow the leisure market?”, in RAIL, number 944, page 37:
      It is a canard trotted out by lazy or tendentious journalists that nationalised British Railways lacked entrepreneurial flair.
  2. Implicitly or explicitly slanted.
    As a supporter of the cause, his reports were tendentious in the extreme.

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