noun (plural tendencies)[often with infinitive]
1An inclination towards a particular characteristic or type of behaviour: 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.
propensity, proclivity, proneness, aptness, likelihood, inclination, disposition, predisposition, bent, leaning, penchant, predilection, susceptibility, liability;
trend, movement, drift, swing, gravitation;
direction, course, tide, turn
1.1A group within a larger political party or movement.
- 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.
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin tendentia, from tendere 'to stretch' (see tend1).
Words that rhyme with tendencyascendancy, intendancy, interdependency, pendency, resplendency, superintendency, transcendency
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