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Definition of tendency:

  1. Drift; direction or course toward any place, object, effect or result; inclination.

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This graph shows how "tendency" have occurred between 1800 and 2008 in a corpus of English books.

Examples of usage for tendency:

  1. At all times, however, they have a strong tendency to fun and mischief- making. "Ways of Wood Folk" , William J. Long.
  2. The English tendency is a matter of comparatively recent fashion. "America To-day, Observations and Reflections" , William Archer.
  3. In recent years, however, there has been a tendency to retain it." "The Princess Pocahontas" , Virginia Watson.

Quotes for tendency:

  1. The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. - Marc Chagall
  2. I think there's a tendency for modern man to become dominated by gadgets and machines, taking us further and further away from the things I've been talking about. - Robin Day
  3. The tendency of modern scientific teaching is to neglect the great books, to lay far too much stress upon relatively unimportant modern work, and to present masses of detail of doubtful truth and questionable weight in such a way as to obscure principles. - Ronald Fisher
  4. The ultimate tendency of civilization is towards barbarism. - David Hare
  5. I guess my tendency is to think essentially that the new wrinkles won't do the job if the old major idea didn't, and so you have to try something different. Then maybe they can all be combined in some coherent piece. - Robert Nozick

Rhymes for tendency:

  1. ascendancy, ascendency, dependency.
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