Definitions for: Tendency


[n] a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
[n] an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
[n] an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
[n] a general direction in which something tends to move; "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"



Webster (1913) Definition: Tend"en*cy, n.; pl. Tendencies. [L. tendents,
-entis, p. pr. of tendere: cf. F. tendance. See Tend to
move.]
Direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or
result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about
an effect or result.

Writings of this kind, if conducted with candor, have a
more particular tendency to the good of their country.
--Addison.

In every experimental science, there is a tendency
toward perfection. --Macaulay.

Syn: Disposition; inclination; proneness; drift; scope; aim.

Synonyms: disposition, inclination, inclination, leaning, propensity, trend

See Also: attitude, bent, Call, desire, devices, direction, direction, disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike, disposition, drift, electronegativity, favor, favoritism, favour, favouritism, impartiality, inclination, leaning, literalism, mental attitude, movement, negativity, nonpartisanship, partiality, partisanship, perseveration, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, set, stainability, sympathy, trend, understanding, way

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