Definition of tendency in English:

tendency

noun

  • 1often with infinitive An inclination towards a particular characteristic or type of behaviour.

    ‘for students, there is a tendency to socialize in the evenings’
    ‘criminal tendencies’
    • ‘I have a tendency to scratch vigorously behind my right knee when distracted.’
    • ‘Young children have a tendency to put just about anything in their mouths.’
    • ‘You are pessimistic and have a tendency to behave negatively.’
    • ‘Our libertarian tendency supports the free flow of information.’
    • ‘He showed suicidal tendencies.’
    • ‘The human race has a pervasive tendency towards religious conviction.’
    • ‘We are a country with very real isolationist tendencies.’
    • ‘There was a growing tendency among city dwellers to install power showers instead of baths.’
    • ‘Heavy drinkers can show violent tendencies and personal relationships may suffer as a result.’
    • ‘Life has an inherent tendency to be novel and spontaneously creative.’
    • ‘She does have a tendency to get involved if she sees a fight.’
    • ‘He has a tendency to be ruthless when he has tired of a girlfriend.’
    • ‘My hair has a tendency to frizz up and stick out over my ears.’
    • ‘A dreary trait of actors is their tendency to gush about the great privilege it was to work with each other.’
    • ‘His tendency to spend was a problem from the start.’
    • ‘Tendencies towards autocracy seem embedded in the country's political culture.’
    • ‘Research has shown that we have a tendency to eat more when it is darker.’
    • ‘If we have to keep this going, we will have to control the tendency to burst out laughing.’
    • ‘He attacked the tendency for rights to outweigh citizens' sense of responsibility.’
    • ‘I have a bad tendency to move on to the new cool project and leave other projects behind.’
    propensity, proclivity, proneness, aptness, likelihood, inclination, disposition, predisposition, bent, leaning, penchant, predilection, susceptibility, liability
    trend, movement, drift, swing, gravitation
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    1. 1.1 A group within a larger political party or movement.
      • ‘Their union had right-wing tendencies and had clashed with larger left-wing unions.’
      • ‘Each of the tendencies aims at a different sector of the political spectrum.’
      • ‘These political tendencies are expected to register gains in the coming election.’
      • ‘The Bolshevik Party always had rightist, compromising tendencies and ultra-left tendencies.’
      • ‘Tito and his Communist regime acted sternly to suppress nationalist tendencies.’
      • ‘The wavering on the part of these tendencies explains the sharp turns undertaken by certain politicians.’
      • ‘Numerous left tendencies advanced this theory.’
      • ‘Speakers from these tendencies sharply attacked the planned collaboration with him.’
      • ‘That inner war between rival tendencies is expressed in labour movements.’
      • ‘I think it would be a stunningly bad idea to give in to the threats of the anarchist tendency.’
      • ‘Other tendencies or parties will prevail and hold the movement back.’
      • ‘Two political tendencies emerged during this period of rampant anti-Semitism.’
      • ‘All of these tendencies had their impact on the political orientation of the Fourth International.’
      • ‘He acted with extreme brutality against separatist tendencies in the Caucasus.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from medieval Latin tendentia, from tendere ‘to stretch’ (see tend).

Pronunciation

tendency

/ˈtɛnd(ə)nsi/