Definition of tendency
1a : a proneness to a particular kind of thought or actionb : direction or approach toward a place, object, effect, or limit
2a : the purposeful trend of something written or said : aimb : deliberate but indirect advocacy
Examples of tendency in a Sentence
The economy has shown a general tendency toward inflation.
a tendency to drop things
Recent Examples of tendency from the Web
Now in its 18th year — and its largest ever — the fest has long positioned itself as a resort-like escape rather than aligning with music’s more rebellious tendencies.
The tendency in feminist discussions of fat is often to encourage us to see the person who lives inside a fat body, or to focus on the social and genetic conditions that produce fat rather than the substance itself.
But its tendency for slow growth and small litters reduced its appeal for industrial pig farming, and the mulefoot was down to just one significant herd in Missouri a decade ago, when a slow drive to save the breed began.
True, that’s not necessarily the case for individual holders of bond mutual funds, who have a greater tendency to rush for the exits when returns turn negative.
The lack of stability can be unsettling for a creature of habit with homebody tendencies (read: Andy).
Pacifist tendencies in western Europe coexist with views of power held in Moscow and Beijing that Bismarck or Clausewitz would recognize instantly.
The tendency toward muchness in the burger combos here is something that bears watching, though.
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Origin and Etymology of tendency
Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendent-, tendens, present participle of tendere
First Known Use: 1628
Synonym Discussion of tendency
TENDENCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tendency for English Language Learners
: 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
TENDENCY Defined for Kids
Definition of tendency for Students
1 : a leaning toward a particular kind of thought or action Elizabeth had a tendency to worry about things like not having permission. — Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game
2 : a way of doing something that is becoming more common : trend
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