countertendency

noun
coun·​ter·​ten·​den·​cy | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈten-dən(t)-sē How to pronounce countertendency (audio) \
variants: or counter-tendency
plural countertendencies or counter–tendencies

Definition of countertendency

: 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

First Known Use of countertendency

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Countertendency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countertendency. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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