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ten·den·cy  (tndn-s)
n. pl. ten·den·cies
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.
4.
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. tendency

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