1. Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction: observed the tendency of the wind; the shoreward tendency of the current.
2. A characteristic likelihood: fabric that has a tendency to wrinkle.
3. A predisposition to think, act, behave, or proceed in a particular way.
a. An implicit direction or purpose: not openly liberal, but that is the tendency of the book.
b. An implicit point of view in written or spoken matter; a bias.
[Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendns, tendent-, present participle of tendere, to tend; see tend1.]
Synonyms: tendency, trend, current, drift, tenor, inclination These nouns refer to the direction or course of an action or thought. Tendency implies a predisposition to proceed in a particular way: The tendency of our own day is ... towards firm, solid, verifiable knowledge (William H. Mallock). Trend often applies to a general or prevailing direction, especially within a particular sphere: the trend of religious thought in recent times (James Harvey Robinson). Current suggests a course or flow, as of opinion, especially one representative of a given time or place: the whole current of modern feeling (James Bryce). A drift is a tendency that seems driven by a shifting current: a drift toward communism in Latin America. Tenor implies a continuous, unwavering course: His conduct was ... uniform and unvarying in its tenor (Frederick Marryat). Inclination usually refers to an individuals propensity for or disposition toward one thing rather than another: an inclination to overindulge in sweets.
tendency /tndnsi/ n.-cies an inclination, leaning in attitude or behavior: When he talks, he has a tendency to get lost in details.
Thesaurus: tendency a leaning toward s.t., bent | propensity frml., proclivity frml.