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tendency

[ten-duhn-see]
noun, plural tendencies.
1.
a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result: the tendency of falling bodies toward the earth.
2.
an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something: a tendency to talk too much.
3.
a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.

Origin:
1620–30; < Medieval Latin tendentia. See tend1, -ency

countertendency, noun, plural countertendencies.


1. Tendency, direction, trend, drift refer to inclination or line of action or movement. A tendency is an inclination toward a certain line of action (whether or not the action follows), and is often the result of inherent qualities, nature, or habit: a tendency to procrastinate. Direction is the line along which an object or course of action moves, often toward some set point or intended goal: The change is in the direction of improvement. Trend emphasizes simultaneous movement in a certain direction of a number of factors, although the course or goal may not be clear for any single feature: Business indicators showed a downward trend. Drift emphasizes gradual development as well as direction: the drift of his argument. 2. proclivity, leaning.
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tendency (ˈtɛndənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  (often foll by to) an inclination, predisposition, propensity, or leaning: she has a tendency to be frivolous; a tendency to frivolity
2.  the general course, purport, or drift of something, esp a written work
3.  a faction, esp one within a political party: the militant tendency
 
[C17: from Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendere to tend1]

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tendency
1620s, from M.L. tendentia "inclination, leaning," from L. tendens, prp. of tendere "to stretch, aim" (see tenet).
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