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Definition 1: a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where tendency or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the alkaline inclination of the local waters
  • fabric with a tendency to shrink

Synonyms for tendency in the sense of this definition

(tendency is a kind of ...) a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

"a swelling with a disposition to rupture"

(... is a kind of tendency ) (genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent

(... is a kind of tendency ) the tendency to float in water or other liquid

(... is a kind of tendency ) (chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond

(... is a kind of tendency ) (cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to want things

"a man of many desires"

Definition 2: an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where tendency or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had an inclination to give up too easily
  • a tendency to be too strict

Synonyms for tendency in the sense of this definition

(tendency is a kind of ...) a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

"he had the attitude that work was fun"

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to approve

"that style is in favor this season"

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way

(... is a kind of tendency ) the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it

(... is a kind of tendency ) a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense

(... is a kind of tendency ) a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way

"the set of his mind was obvious"

(... is a kind of tendency ) a natural inclination

"he has a proclivity for exaggeration"

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to favor some person or group

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion

"his sympathies were always with the underdog" "I knew I could count on his understanding"

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'

"eventually the family left the house to the devices of this malevolent force" "the children were left to their own devices"

(... is a kind of tendency ) the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations

(... is a kind of tendency ) a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course

"he was disappointed that he had not heard the Call"

(... is a kind of tendency ) a general tendency to change (as of opinion)

"not openly liberal but that is the trend of the book" "a broad movement of the electorate to the right"

(... is a kind of tendency ) a general course along which something has a tendency to develop

"I couldn't follow the direction of his thoughts" "his ideals determined the direction of his career" "they proposed a new direction for the firm"

(... is a kind of tendency ) an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally

Definition 3: an inclination to do something - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where tendency or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he felt leanings toward frivolity

Synonyms for tendency in the sense of this definition

(tendency is a kind of ...) that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

"her inclination is for classical music"

Definition 4: a general direction in which something tends to move - [noun denoting location]

Samples where tendency or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the shoreward tendency of the current
  • the trend of the stock market

Synonyms for tendency in the sense of this definition

(tendency is a kind of ...) a line leading to a place or point

"he looked the other direction" "didn't know the way home"

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