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
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countertendency was in 1849

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“Countertendency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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