Definitions for tendency
ˈtɛn dən siten·den·cy
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inclination, disposition, tendencynoun
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, tendencynoun
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"
a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.
Denim has a tendency to fade.
Etymology: Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from tend.
It is not much business that distracts any man; but the want of purity, constancy, and tendency towards God. Taylor.
Writings of this kind, if conducted with candour, have a more particular tendency to the good of their country than any other compositions. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 40.
We may acquaint ourselves with the powers and properties, the tendencies and inclinations, of body and spirit. Isaac Watts.
All of them are innocent, and most of them had a moral tendency, to soften the virulence of parties, or laugh out of countenance some vice or folly. Jonathan Swift.
These opinions are of so little moment, that, like motes in the sun, their tendencies are little noticed. John Locke.
A tendency is a characteristic inclination or predisposition towards a certain way of acting or thinking. It can refer to something that consistently happens or an individual's usual manner of behaviour. In a broader sense, it's an inclination towards a particular kind of condition or outcome; a latent potentiality or influence towards a specific result.
direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or result
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Rank popularity for the word 'tendency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3329
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Rank popularity for the word 'tendency' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4589
Rank popularity for the word 'tendency' in Nouns Frequency: #1204
The numerical value of tendency in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of tendency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
The tendency is ... the climate is going to be warmer summers and colder winters. That seems to be the way it is heading and that will benefit us.
For crude, there's a structural change, going from fairly balanced to an oversupply, for products...demand has not collapsed, (it's) just a tendency of oversupply of refining capacity and slower demand than had hoped for.
When we start talking about the management of cities, disaster risk reduction is one of the key aspects we speak about, (Smart) cities will have to revisit their disaster management plans because there is a tendency for the older plans to be reports which don't really translate into action, as we have seen in some disasters.
People who have multiple risk factors for heart disease or who do have heart disease have a tendency to be depressed.
The tendency of man's nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downwards. There are none but have this tendency to good, just as all water flows downwards. Now by striking water and causing it to leap up, you may make it go.
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- نزعة, ميلArabic
- tendènciaCatalan, Valencian
- tendence, sklonCzech
- ροπή, τάσηGreek
- emo, inklino, tendencoEsperanto
- tandansHaitian Creole
- înclinație, tendințăRomanian
- tendens, benägenhet, trendSwedish
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