tendency

  • 1 tendency — tendency, trend, drift, tenor can mean a movement or course having a particular direction and character or the direction and character which such a movement or course takes. Tendency usually implies an inherent or acquired inclination in a person …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 Tendency — Tend en*cy, n.; pl. {Tendencies}. [L. tendents, entis, p. pr. of tendere: cf. F. tendance. See {Tend} to move.] Direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 tendency — [ten′dən sē] n. pl. tendencies [ML tendentia < L tendens, prp. of tendere, to TEND2] 1. an inclination to move or act in a particular direction or way; constant disposition to some action or state; leaning; bias; propensity; bent 2. a course… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 tendency — [n1] inclination to think or do in a certain way addiction, affection, bent*, bias, current, custom, disposition, drift, habit, impulse, inclining, leaning, liability, mind, mindset*, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity …

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  • 5 tendency — I noun aptitude, aptness, bearing, bent, bias, character, direction, disposition, facility, gift, gravitation, idiosyncrasy, inclinatio, inclination, instinct, leaning, natural disposition, nature, partiality, penchant, predisposition, prejudice …

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  • 6 tendency — 1620s, from M.L. tendentia inclination, leaning, from L. tendens, prp. of tendere to stretch, aim (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Earlier in same sense was tendaunce (mid 15c.), from O.Fr. tendance …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 tendency — ► NOUN (pl. tendencies) 1) an inclination towards a particular characteristic or type of behaviour. 2) a group within a larger political party or movement …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 Tendency — The word tendency is often used by left wing groups for an organized unit or political faction within the group. It may also refer to:* Bleeding tendency * Central tendency * Debs Tendency * Direct Action Tendency * Fist and Rose Tendency *… …

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  • 9 tendency */*/ — UK [ˈtendənsɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms tendency : singular tendency plural tendencies Get it right: tendency: When a verb comes after tendency, use the pattern tendency to do something (not tendency of doing something ): Wrong: …the… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 tendency — ten|den|cy W3S3 [ˈtendənsi] n plural tendencies [Date: 1600 1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: tendentia, from Latin tendere; TEND] 1.) if someone or something has a tendency to do or become a particular thing, they are likely to do or become it a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 tendency — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ clear, great, marked, pronounced, strong ▪ slight ▪ greater, growing, increased …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 tendency — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, show a tendency 2) a growing; pronounced; strong; universal tendency 3) homicidal; suicidal; vicious tendencies (for years he has displayed suicidal tendencies) 4) a tendency towards 5) a tendency to + inf. (she has …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 13 tendency — ten|den|cy [ tendənsi ] noun count ** 1. ) a strong chance that something will happen in a particular way: a tendency (for someone/something) to do something: There s a tendency for a new manager to make changes. have a tendency to do something:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 Tendency — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Tendency >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 tendency tendency Sgm: N 1 aptness aptness aptitude Sgm: N 1 proneness proneness proclivity bent turn tone bias set leaning to …

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  • 15 tendency — noun (C) 1 a probability that you will develop, think or behave in a certain way (+ to/towards): Some people may inherit a tendency to alcoholism. | have a tendency to do sth (=often do something and be more likely to do it than other people):… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 tendency — /ten deuhn see/, n., pl. tendencies. 1. a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result: the tendency of falling bodies toward the earth. 2. an inclination, bent, or… …

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  • 17 tendency — noun (plural cies) Etymology: Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendent , tendens, present participle of tendere Date: 1628 1. a. direction or approach toward a place, object, effect, or limit b. a proneness to a particular kind of thought or… …

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  • 18 tendency — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Disposition to act in a particular way Nouns tendency; aptness, aptitude; proneness, proclivity, predilection, bent, turn, tone, tenor, bias, set, leaning, penchant, [pre]disposition, inclination,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 19 tendency — [[t]te̱ndənsi[/t]] ♦♦♦ tendencies 1) N COUNT: with supp A tendency is a worrying or unpleasant habit or action that keeps occurring. The army has become increasingly restless over the mounting separatist tendencies of the northern republics.… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 tendency — As it pertains to meteorology, the variation of any parameter with respect to time, especially atmospheric pressure within the last three hours. Tendency as shown on a station model. The barometric tendency (i.e., the change of barometric… …

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