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Noun: tendency  ten-dun(t)-see
  1. An attitude of mind especially one that favours one alternative over others
    "a tendency to be too strict";
    - inclination, disposition
  2. An inclination to do something
    "he felt tendencies toward frivolity";
    - leaning, propensity
  3. A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    "fabric with a tendency to shrink";
    - inclination
  4. A general direction in which something tends to move
    "the shoreward tendency of the current";
    - trend

Derived forms: tendencies

Type of: attitude, direction, disposition, inclination, mental attitude, way

Encyclopedia: Tendency