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Definitions of tendency

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a general direction in which something tends to move; "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or result. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Direction, object, or result to which anything tends: inclination: drift. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. Direction; inclination; drift. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. The quality of tending toward some purpose, end, or result. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. That which tends to cause an effect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. Drift; direction or course toward any place, object, effect or result; inclination. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. Direction or course towards any place, object, or result; inclination; proneness; aim. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for tendency

  1. Sheets should also be provided, as blankets scratch and have a tendency to keep the soldier awake. – More Tish by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. It has a tendency to make us murmur and to be dissatisfied. – Heart Talks by Charles Wesley Naylor
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