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
Virginia is always one of the country’s most compelling electoral subplots, perpetually purple, its tendency to go redder or bluer a reflection of the national political pendulum.
Those who know his reputation but are put off by his tendency to act like an impressionistic painter that just happens to work in the medium of film should start with this one.
His tendency to micromanage the IPO and vacillate over where Aramco should be listed has caused delay and confusion.
This fear of discomfort encourages our society’s tendency to avoid talking openly about politics and reinforces the persistent inequality in our nation.
His knee-jerk tendency to demonize his adversaries fits perfectly with the conservative desire to strike back at the Left.
That percentage underlines Oscar’s tendency to reward women of color for playing characters whose role is to literally support or bolster someone else, be they maids or slaves.
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Thanks to their tendency to live in sparse groupings in remote regions that are near-impossible for humans or vehicles to traverse, no one knows the reason for today’s mysterious decline.
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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
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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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