[ UK /tˈɛndənsi/ ]
[ US /ˈtɛndənsi/ ]
  1. a general direction in which something tends to move
    the trend of the stock market
    the shoreward tendency of the current
  2. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
    a tendency to be too strict
    he had an inclination to give up too easily
  3. an inclination to do something
    he felt leanings toward frivolity
  4. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    fabric with a tendency to shrink
    the alkaline inclination of the local waters
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How To Use tendency In A Sentence

  • Apparently some people have an inborn tendency to develop certain kinds of tumour.
  • This is not by any means the only instance of financial incompetence on the part of our various Scottish ancestors, nor indeed of the tendency to resort to violence, and those patterns offer surprisingly little reassurance from the genetic standpoint. Archive 2009-03-01
  • One of the problems with this kind of pricing is that it has a tendency to hammer the less profitable stores or chains, such as Borders. September « 2009 « L.E. Modesitt, Jr. – The Official Website
  • It was the force of global industry that cemented the worldwide tendency for driving on the right.
  • Galilee with theriomorphic polytheism, that is, the tendency to embody the qualities of divinity in animal forms. The Ancient East
  • I notice a tendency to overcall when guys use a mouth call. Any tips for using a mouth call for turkies?
  • Neuropsychological evidence points towards our tendency to confabulate stories that we believe to be true in order to fit together disparate pieces of information.
  • Today there is a tendency for people to opt out of social activity.
  • But a redeeming tendency is emerging , too.
  • Against any tendency to naturalize evil, Julian sees evil as profoundly unnatural, unkind.
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