[ten-duh n-see] /ˈtɛn dən si/

noun, plural tendencies.
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.
an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something:
a tendency to talk too much.
a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.
noun (pl) -cies
(often foll by to) an inclination, predisposition, propensity, or leaning: she has a tendency to be frivolous, a tendency to frivolity
the general course, purport, or drift of something, esp a written work
a faction, esp one within a political party: the militant tendency

1620s, from Medieval Latin tendentia “inclination, leaning,” from Latin tendens, present participle of tendere “to stretch, aim” (see tenet). Earlier in same sense was tendaunce (mid-15c.), from Old French tendance.


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