Definition of tendency in English:

tendency

Syllabification: ten·den·cy
Pronunciation: /ˈtendənsē
 
/

noun (plural tendencies)

1An inclination toward a particular characteristic or type of behavior: for students, there is a tendency to socialize in the evenings criminal tendencies
More example sentences
  • The human race has a pervasive tendency towards religious conviction.
  • I have a tendency to scratch vigorously behind my right knee when distracted.
  • He has a tendency to be ruthless when he has tired of a girlfriend.
Synonyms
propensity, proclivity, proneness, aptness, likelihood, inclination, disposition, predisposition, bent, leaning, penchant, predilection, susceptibility, liability;
readiness;
orientation, bias
1.1A group within a larger political party or movement: the dominant tendency in the party remained right-wing
More example sentences
  • Other tendencies or parties will prevail and hold the movement back.
  • Two political tendencies emerged during this period of rampant anti-Semitism.
  • These political tendencies are expected to register gains in the coming election.

Origin

early 17th century: from medieval Latin tendentia, from tendere 'to stretch' (see tend1).

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