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Definition of "tendency" []

  • Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction: observed the tendency of the wind; the shoreward tendency of the current. (noun)
  • A characteristic likelihood: fabric that has a tendency to wrinkle. (noun)
  • A predisposition to think, act, behave, or proceed in a particular way. (noun)
  • An implicit direction or purpose: not openly liberal, but that is the tendency of the book. (noun)
  • An implicit point of view in written or spoken matter; a bias. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tendency" in a sentence
  • "Your expression, "and tends to depart in a slight degree," I think hardly grammatical; a _tendency_ to depart cannot very well be said to be in a slight degree; a _departure_ can, but a tendency must be either a _slight tendency_ or a _strong tendency_; the degree to which the departure may reach must depend on favourable or unfavourable causes in addition to the tendency itself."
  • "Mr. LaHood, in turn, has been criticized by some senior FAA officials for what they described as a tendency to micromanage FAA decisions."
  • "Your tendency is then to play a little safer, and that's not the way to play this game. ''"