Etymology
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tendency (n.)

1620s, from Medieval Latin tendentia "inclination, leaning," from Latin tendens, present participle of tendere "to stretch, extend, aim," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch." Earlier in same sense was tendaunce (mid-15c.), from Old French tendance.

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Definitions of tendency

tendency (n.)
an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others;
a tendency to be too strict
tendency (n.)
an inclination to do something;
Synonyms: leaning / propensity
tendency (n.)
a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect;
fabric with a tendency to shrink
Synonyms: inclination
tendency (n.)
a general direction in which something tends to move;
the shoreward tendency of the current
Synonyms: trend
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