countertendency

noun coun·ter·ten·den·cy \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈten-dən(t)-sē \
variants: or counter-tendency
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of countertendency

plural countertendencies or counter–tendencies
: a tendency that opposes or offsets another tendency
  • So what we have in human history is probably a long time, millions of years, in which we were like the current hunter gatherers. Fairly egalitarian. Meaning we had a tendency to build hierarchies, but we also had a countertendency, which is to keep things sort of level.
  • —Frans de Waal

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