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ten·den·cy

 (tĕn′dən-sē)
n. pl. ten·den·cies
1.
a. A characteristic likelihood: fabric that has a tendency to wrinkle.
b. A predisposition to think, act, or proceed in a particular way: his tendency to exaggerate.
c. A characteristic pattern or point of view: the book's tendency to oversimplify events.
2. Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction: observed the tendency of the wind; the shoreward tendency of the current.

[Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendēns, tendent-, present participle of tendere, to tend; see tend1.]
Synonyms: tendency, trend, current, drift, tenor
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 current of events: a drift toward anarchy as the government collapsed. Tenor implies a general or ongoing course: "The tempo, the tenor of life on the mountain and around the mine began to change" (Anita Desai).

tendency

(ˈtɛndənsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (often foll by to) an inclination, predisposition, propensity, or leaning: she has a tendency to be frivolous; a tendency to frivolity.
2. the general course, purport, or drift of something, esp a written work
3. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a faction, esp one within a political party: the militant tendency.
[C17: from Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendere to tend1]

ten•den•cy

(ˈtɛn 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.
[1620–30; < Medieval Latin tendentia. See tend1, -ency]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tendency - 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"
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
direction - a general course along which something has a tendency to develop; "I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts"; "his ideals determined the direction of his career"; "they proposed a new direction for the firm"
trend, drift, movement - a general tendency to change (as of opinion); "not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book"; "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"
Call - a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course; "he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"
denominationalism - the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
devices - an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'; "eventually the family left the house to the devices of this malevolent force"; "the children were left to their own devices"
sympathy, understanding - an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion; "his sympathies were always with the underdog"; "I knew I could count on his understanding"
favoritism, favouritism - an inclination to favor some person or group
proclivity, propensity, leaning - a natural inclination; "he has a proclivity for exaggeration"
bent, set - a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way; "the set of his mind was obvious"
literalism - a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
perseveration - the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it
predisposition - an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
favour, favor - an inclination to approve; "that style is in favor this season"
dislike, disfavor, disfavour, disapproval - an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
partisanship, partiality - an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
impartiality, nonpartisanship - an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
2.tendency - an inclination to do somethingtendency - an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
inclination - that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking; "her inclination is for classical music"
3.tendency - 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"
heterosis, hybrid vigor - (genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
disposition - a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing; "a swelling with a disposition to rupture"
buoyancy - the tendency to float in water or other liquid
electronegativity, negativity - (chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
stainability - (cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
desire - an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
4.tendency - a general direction in which something tends to movetendency - a general direction in which something tends to move; "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"
direction, way - a line leading to a place or point; "he looked the other direction"; "didn't know the way home"

tendency

noun
1. trend, drift, movement, turning, heading, course, drive, bearing, direction, bias the government's tendency towards secrecy in recent years

tendency

noun
2. The thread or current of thought uniting or occurring in all the elements of a text or discourse:
Translations
sklontendence
tendenstilbøjelighed
taipumussuunta
tendencija
iránytendencia
tilhneiging
傾向
경향
nagnjenje
benägenhet
ความโน้มเอียง
xu hướng

tendency

[ˈtendənsɪ] N
1. (gen) → tendencia f
to have a tendency to do sth [person] → tener tendencia a hacer algo (Med) → tener propensión or ser propenso a hacer algo
he has a tendency to exaggeratetiene tendencia a exagerar
there is a tendency for companies to recruit fewer staffexiste tendencia por parte de las empresas a emplear a menos trabajadores
there is a tendency for prices to riselos precios tienen tendencia a subir
she has a tendency to or towards depressiontiene propensión or es propensa a la depresión
2. (= leaning) left-wing/right-wing tendenciestendencias fpl izquierdistas/derechistas
suicidal tendenciestendencias fpl or inclinaciones fpl suicidas

tendency

[ˈtɛndənsi] n (= inclination) → tendance f
She has artistic tendencies → Elle est d'un naturel artistique.
to have a tendency towards sth → avoir tendance à qch
He has a tendency towards snobbery → Il a tendance à être snob.
to have a tendency to do sth → avoir tendance à faire qch

tendency

nTendenz f (geh); (= physical predisposition)Neigung f; artistic tendencieskünstlerische Neigungen pl; to have a tendency to be/do somethinggern or gewöhnlich etw sein/tun; (person, style of writing also) → dazu neigen or tendieren, etw zu sein/zu tun; he had an annoying tendency to forget thingser hatte die ärgerliche Angewohnheit, alles zu vergessen; there is a tendency for prices to rise in autumngewöhnlich steigen die Preise im Herbst; a strong upward tendency (St Ex) → eine stark steigende Tendenz

tendency

[ˈtɛndənsɪ] ntendenza
to have a tendency to do sth → avere la tendenza a fare qc

tend2

(tend) verb
1. to be likely (to do something); to do (something) frequently. Plants tend to die in hot weather; He tends to get angry.
2. to move, lean or slope in a certain direction. This bicycle tends to(wards) the left.
ˈtendencyplural ˈtendencies noun
likelihood; inclination. He has a tendency to forget things.

tendency

مَيْل tendence tendens Tendenz τάση tendencia taipumus tendance tendencija tendenza 傾向 경향 neiging tendens tendencja tendência тенденция benägenhet ความโน้มเอียง eğilim xu hướng 倾向

tendency

n. tendencia.

tendency

n (pl -cies) tendencia
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By a fence he had stopped and beating like a giant woodpecker upon the top board had shouted at George Willard, condemning his tendency to be too much influenced by the people about him, "You are destroying yourself," he cried.
They soon began to ascend; but as the motion had a tendency to revive the dormant faculties of her sister, the attention of Cora was too much divided between the tenderest solicitude in her behalf, and in listening to the cries which were still too audible on the plain, to note the direction in which they journeyed.
He says that with my imaginative power and habit of story-making, a nervous weakness like mine is sure to lead to all manner of excited fancies, and that I ought to use my will and good sense to check the tendency.
Applying himself in earlier manhood to the study of the law, and having a natural tendency towards office, he had attained, many years ago, to a judicial situation in some inferior court, which gave him for life the very desirable and imposing title of judge.
There are few uglier traits of human nature than this tendency -- which I now witnessed in men no worse than their neighbours -- to grow cruel, merely because they possessed the power of inflicting harm.
As for Fedallah, who was seen pulling the harpooneer oar, he had thrown aside his black jacket, and displayed his naked chest with the whole part of his body above the gunwale, clearly cut against the alternating depressions of the watery horizon; while at the other end of the boat Ahab, with one arm, like a fencer's, thrown half backward into the air, as if to counterbalance any tendency to trip: Ahab was seen steadily managing his steering oar as in a thousand boat lowerings ere the White Whale had torn him.
But the tendency to rapid sinking in this substance was in the present instance materially counteracted by the other parts of the head remaining undetached from it, so that it sank very slowly and deliberately indeed, affording Queequeg a fair chance for performing his agile obstetrics on the run, as you may say.
So Jurgis thought, and so he spoke, in his bold, free way; very much to his surprise, he found that it had a tendency to get him into trouble.
One fell into a condition where everything acted against the natural tendency, and the other where everything acted for it; and so one turned out a pretty wilful, stout, overbearing old democrat, and the other a wilful, stout old despot.
I should not lay so much stress on this fact, if I did not believe that something like this is the prevailing tendency of my countrymen.
A prevalent feature in these compositions was a nursed and petted melancholy; another was a wasteful and opulent gush of "fine language"; another was a tendency to lug in by the ears particularly prized words and phrases until they were worn entirely out; and a peculiarity that conspicuously marked and marred them was the inveterate and intolerable sermon that wagged its crippled tail at the end of each and every one of them.
It has a natural, an inevitable tendency to brutalize every noble faculty of man.