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1[often 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’
trend, movement, drift, swing, gravitationpropensity, proclivity, proneness, aptness, likelihood, inclination, disposition, predisposition, bent, leaning, penchant, predilection, susceptibility, liabilityView synonyms
- ‘Young children have a tendency to put just about anything in their mouths.’
- ‘I have a tendency to scratch vigorously behind my right knee when distracted.’
- ‘Tendencies towards autocracy seem embedded in the country's political culture.’
- ‘You are pessimistic and have a tendency to behave negatively.’
- ‘My hair has a tendency to frizz up and stick out over my ears.’
- ‘If we have to keep this going, we will have to control the tendency to burst out laughing.’
- ‘Our libertarian tendency supports the free flow of information.’
- ‘There was a growing tendency among city dwellers to install power showers instead of baths.’
- ‘He showed suicidal tendencies.’
- ‘His tendency to spend was a problem from the start.’
- ‘The human race has a pervasive tendency towards religious conviction.’
- ‘I have a bad tendency to move on to the new cool project and leave other projects behind.’
- ‘We are a country with very real isolationist tendencies.’
- ‘She does have a tendency to get involved if she sees a fight.’
- ‘Research has shown that we have a tendency to eat more when it is darker.’
- ‘Life has an inherent tendency to be novel and spontaneously creative.’
- ‘He has a tendency to be ruthless when he has tired of a girlfriend.’
- ‘He attacked the tendency for rights to outweigh citizens' sense of responsibility.’
- ‘A dreary trait of actors is their tendency to gush about the great privilege it was to work with each other.’
- ‘Heavy drinkers can show violent tendencies and personal relationships may suffer as a result.’
- 1.1 A group within a larger political party or movement.
- ‘That inner war between rival tendencies is expressed in labour movements.’
- ‘The wavering on the part of these tendencies explains the sharp turns undertaken by certain politicians.’
- ‘The Bolshevik Party always had rightist, compromising tendencies and ultra-left tendencies.’
- ‘All of these tendencies had their impact on the political orientation of the Fourth International.’
- ‘Tito and his Communist regime acted sternly to suppress nationalist tendencies.’
- ‘Each of the tendencies aims at a different sector of the political spectrum.’
- ‘I think it would be a stunningly bad idea to give in to the threats of the anarchist tendency.’
- ‘These political tendencies are expected to register gains in the coming election.’
- ‘Two political tendencies emerged during this period of rampant anti-Semitism.’
- ‘Speakers from these tendencies sharply attacked the planned collaboration with him.’
- ‘Other tendencies or parties will prevail and hold the movement back.’
- ‘Numerous left tendencies advanced this theory.’
- ‘Their union had right-wing tendencies and had clashed with larger left-wing unions.’
- ‘He acted with extreme brutality against separatist tendencies in the Caucasus.’
Early 17th century: from medieval Latin tendentia, from tendere to stretch (see tend).
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