Meaning of tensive in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɛnsɪv/


  • Causing or expressing tension.

    ‘Gary Burge's essay examines the tensive relationship of John to historical record.’
    • ‘The heavy, tensive, aching pains are the main indication for its use.’
    • ‘The tensive, paradoxical image of childhood forged by the Reformers has much to teach mainline Protestantism.’
    • ‘It has everything - the tensive rivalry, mocking tone, cynical commentary, smug narration and all.’
    • ‘But art history with its Hegelian roots has long been multifaceted and tensive; its dissonance is its strength.’
    • ‘Putting the tensive principles of justice and mercy into practice moves us forward in the transformation of a world founded on injustice and lack of compassion.’
    • ‘Over time, this tensive, paradoxical understanding gave way to the very different image of childhood dominating high modernity: childhood as a time of innocence and unfolding, natural potentials.’
    • ‘He lives in the tensive interim between the present, when he concedes that ‘there is no justice’, and some undisclosed future time, when ‘at the last’ ‘there is a judgment’.’
    • ‘This popular study considers the manner in which confessions of faith in the context of worship need the tensive force of controversial dialectic to refine and focus their impact on a wider Christian understanding.’
    • ‘The tensive play between the two metaphors ‘bride’ and ‘body’ works only because it was not outrageous for a nubile woman to be depersonified as a body.’