Definitions for Tendencyˈtɛn dən si
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ten•den•cyˈtɛn dən si(n.)(pl.)-cies.
a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result.
an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something.
a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.
Origin of tendency:
1620–30; < ML tendentia. See tend1, -ency
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"
leaning, propensity, tendency(noun)
an inclination to do something
"he felt leanings toward frivolity"
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"
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
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
a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.
Denim has a tendency to fade.
Origin: Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō.
direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or result
Translations for Tendency
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
He has a tendency to forget things.
- tendênciaPortuguese (BR)
- der HangGerman
- tendens; tilbøjelighedDanish
- sklonost, tendencijaCroatian
- hajlam; tendenciaHungarian
- polinkis, tendencijaLithuanian
- tendence; tieksmeLatvian
- tendens, tilbøyelighetNorwegian
- tendens, benägenhetSwedish
- eğilim, meyilTurkish
- 趨向, 傾向Chinese (Trad.)
- схильність, тенденціяUkrainian
- رجحان، ميلانUrdu
- khuynh hướngVietnamese
- 趋向，倾向Chinese (Simp.)
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