Simple Definition of tendency
: a quality that makes something likely to happen or that makes someone likely to think or behave in a particular way
: a way of behaving, proceeding, etc., that is developing and becoming more common
Full Definition of tendency
1a : direction or approach toward a place, object, effect, or limitb : a proneness to a particular kind of thought or action
2a : the purposeful trend of something written or said : aimb : deliberate but indirect advocacy
Examples of tendency
The economy has shown a general tendency toward inflation.
<a tendency to drop things>
Origin of tendency
Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendent-, tendens, present participle of tendere
First Known Use: 1628
Synonym Discussion of tendency
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