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
If those instruments are there, that human tendency of wanting to be in control will remain.
There is one more imponderable to throw into the mix: Will the tendency of demographic groups that have recently become central to the Democratic coalition to significantly underperform in midterms change?
But figuring out how LFS helps produce LF proved even more challenging due to LF's instability and tendency to vaporize.
This tracks with the bread's tendency to over-compensate.
Perhaps Trump was stripped of his physic tendencies.
Challenged by growing nationalist tendencies from Arab, Armenian, Greek and Kurdish subjects, Sultan Mehmed V issued a historic firman or proclamation that recognised these as individual nations united under the Ottoman sovereign.
That’s largely because his rehabilitation has been a pet project of Putin, who critics say has disturbingly Stalinist tendencies.
The Portland, Oregon band was more enthusiastic than accomplished and had a regrettable tendency toward hand claps.
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Origin and Etymology of tendency
First Known Use: 1628See Words from the same year
Synonymsaptness, proneness, propensity, way
Related Wordsaffinity, aptitude, bent, disposition, inclination, leaning, mind-set, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, turn; custom, habit, pattern, practice (also practise), routine, wont; eccentricity, idiosyncrasy, oddity, peculiarity, quirk, singularity, trick
Near Antonymsaverseness, disinclination, dislike, indisposition
Synonym Discussion of tendency
- a general tendency toward inflation
- the long-term trend of the stock market is upward
- the drift of the population away from large cities
- got the drift of her argument
- the tenor of the times
- an encounter that changed the current of my life
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
- Elizabeth had a tendency to worry about things like not having permission.
- —Zilpha Keatley Snyder, The Egypt Game
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