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Meaning of tendency by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō .


    tendency ( plural: tendencies )

    1. a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward .
      Denim has a tendency to fade .

Explanation of tendency by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

    2. fabric with a tendency to shrink
    3. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

    4. a tendency to be too strict
    5. an inclination to do something

    6. a general direction in which something tends to move

    7. the shoreward tendency of the current