from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Marked by or favoring a particular point of view; partisan.

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  • adjective Having a tendency; written or spoken with a partisan, biased or prejudiced purpose.
  • adjective Implicitly or explicitly slanted.

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  • adjective having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Medieval Latin tendentia, a cause; see tendency.]

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Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō; related to the (English) tendency.


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  • Reading this word at least 20 times in a 23 page journal article makes me wonder if there is a good synonymn or two that could have been used in its place.

    December 6, 2006

  • I find your comment tendentious :-)

    December 15, 2006

  • I just randomed and got this :-7

    July 20, 2008

  • look at Weirdnet's second definition: how is it that a dictionary (of sorts) spells "partizan" Titoesquely with a "z" and simultaneously contrasts it with "nonpartisan"? I miss humans.

    July 20, 2008

  • You're fudging rollie. Are you partizan or non-partisan? Or bi-partiszan?

    July 20, 2008

  • I'm no fudger. I'm partisan for partisan, when speaking in English of course. But you, dear Bilby, are nonpareil!

    July 20, 2008

  • :-) Wait, I think I always wanted a pareil. Isn't it one of those frilly sun-umbrellas?

    July 20, 2008

  • aren't you thinking of a parasol?

    July 21, 2008

  • Nonpareils? Yum!

    July 28, 2008