Definitions for Tendencyˈtɛn dən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ten•den•cyˈtɛn dən si(n.)(pl.)-cies.

  1. a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result.

  2. an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something.

  3. a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.

    Category: Literature

Origin of tendency:

1620–30; < ML tendentia. See tend1, -ency

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inclination, disposition, tendency(noun)

    an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

    "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"

  2. leaning, propensity, tendency(noun)

    an inclination to do something

    "he felt leanings toward frivolity"

  3. tendency, inclination(noun)

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

    "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"

  4. tendency, trend(noun)

    a general direction in which something tends to move

    "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tendency(noun)ˈtɛn dən si

    sth sb is likely to do, or that is likely to happen

    He has a tendency to become irrational.; the tendency of the market to rise over time


  1. tendency(Noun)

    a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.

    Denim has a tendency to fade.

  2. Origin: Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tendency(noun)

    direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or result

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Tendency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3329

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tendency' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4589

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tendency' in Nouns Frequency: #1204

Translations for Tendency

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


likelihood; inclination

He has a tendency to forget things.

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