• WordNet 3.6
    • n tendency a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect "the alkaline inclination of the local waters","fabric with a tendency to shrink"
    • n tendency an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others "he had an inclination to give up too easily","a tendency to be too strict"
    • n tendency an inclination to do something "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
    • n tendency a general direction in which something tends to move "the shoreward tendency of the current","the trend of the stock market"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: People have the tendency to chew the food on the side that they most often use their hand
    • n Tendency Direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or result. "Writings of this kind, if conducted with candor, have a more particular tendency to the good of their country.""In every experimental science, there is a tendency toward perfection."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tendency Movement, or inclination to move, in some particular direction or toward some end or purpose; bent, leaning, or inclination toward some object, effect, or result; inclining or contributing influence.
    • n tendency Synonyms Propensity, Inclination, etc. (see bent), drift, direction, bearing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tendency direction, object, or result to which anything tends: inclination: drift
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There is a tendency for things to right themselves.”
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    “I am a Marxist... of the Groucho tendency.”
  • Lord Jeffrey
    Lord Jeffrey
    “The tendency to whining and complaining may be taken as the surest sign symptom of little souls and inferior intellects.”
  • James F. Cooper
    “The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.”
  • Stuart Briscoe
    Stuart Briscoe
    “People have a natural tendency to flee to the mountains when things get tough.”
  • Thomas B. Macaulay
    “We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tendents, -entis, p. pr. of tendere,: cf. F. tendance,. See Tend to move
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tendre—L. tendĕre; Gr. teinein, to stretch.


In literature:

There is also an increasing tendency of the women folk to enter the various departments of industry outside of the home.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
Excitement has a tendency to reproduce itself.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
And the general tendency seems to be in this direction.
"On the Firing Line in Education" by Adoniram Judson Ladd
But by virtue of the national tendency to compromise, these conflicting tendencies work in a fairly harmonious manner.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
There has, it is true, always been a certain anti-Semitic tendency in Germany.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
Man's "innate tendency to fool" is notorious, a tendency particularly noticeable in children.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
There is a tendency to flunkeyism at the bottom of human nature.
"The Arena" by Various
The tendency is anti-social.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
No doubt this tendency is greatly strengthened when people are able to generalize "principles" from acts.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
But this tendency is dangerous, and should be kept under restraint.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
The natural tendency was to distinguish the younger man from his father.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
At present, the tendency is rather the other way.
"A Handbook of the English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The manipulation should be against the direction of forming wrinkles, wherever there is a tendency for wrinkles to appear.
"What a Young Woman Ought to Know" by Mary Wood-Allen
This tendency is exhibited by all organisms.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
New tendencies, moreover, embodying themselves in new schools, were already beginning to appear.
"Studies in Contemporary Biography" by James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
In money matters there was no tendency on Eugene's part to be dishonest.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
The same psychological tendency is at work to-day and gives zest to the theory of evolution.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Soft singing is the only effective plan I know of for removing the tendency to use the thick register.
"The Boy's Voice" by J. Spencer Curwen
The barest start and sally forwards, the barest tendency to leave the instant, involves the chasm and the leap.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
I have noticed that under slight fear there is a strong tendency to yawn.
"How to Read Human Nature" by William Walker Atkinson

In poetry:

No fault had he - no fad, except
A tendency to strum,
In mode at which you would have wept,
A dull harmonium.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Nay, be not jealous. Stop your fears.
My tendencies are far from sporty.
Besides, the number of my years
Is over forty.
"Xanthias Jollied" by Franklin Pierce Adams
And, in conclusion, I will say without dismay,
Visit the theatre without delay,
Because the theatre is a school of morality,
And hasn't the least tendency to lead to prodigality.
"Lines in Defence of the Stage" by William Topaz McGonagall
When the shepherd called, you fine animal,
You came skipping, your high heart pounding.
You pranced and pawed the ground with your hooves,
Which now is your tendency to make jokes.
"The Ram" by Franz Werfel
Yes! hopeful—trustful—onward ever,
Each helping each—all urging all;
The mighty stream, receding never;
The rippling flow—the waterfall.
Slow—swift, but irresistibly,
Rolls the grand tide of tendency!
"Truth in Progress" by John Bowring
We wage no war, we lift no arm, we fling no torch within
The fire-damps of the quaking mine beneath your soil of sin;
We leave ye with your bondmen, to wrestle, while ye can,
With the strong upward tendencies and God-like soul of man!
"Massachusetts To Virginia" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

FRANKFURT, Germany–German show organizer Messe Frankfurt is busy preparing and honing the image of its Tendence show, which takes place July 3-7.
Usually a veteran team has a tendency to believe more in pitchers they have seen succeed than those they have not.
In making that link, they are probably thinking of both men's tendency to describe foreign policy in moral terms, as a struggle against an "evil empire" or an "axis of evil.
A tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior.
Weapons are no longer sold at Tendence , but sometimes provide inspiration (here from MTM Gifts).
In volatile financial times such as these, our natural tendency is to track the ups and down in the stock market.
I understand the tendency of our elite political press to front-end-load the silly at every opportunity.
Gorospe's hoarding tendencies worsened this past year, neighbors said, after his mother died, followed by the deaths of two more family members.
Discussing her alleged tendency to enter into serious relationships too quickly, Taylor explains that that's the way she operates, because she doesn't " hook up.".
Discussing her alleged tendency to enter into serious relationships too quickly, Taylor explains that that's the way she operates, because she doesn't " hook up .".
"I, too, exhibit ironic tendencies," Wampole writes.
Well, per­haps not, but that doesn't keep the nation's retail­ers from doing their very best to try to accel­er­ate your ten­dency to enjoy the spirit of giv­ing.
An orca is really a dolphin with much darker tendencies.
Metallica Add Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura + More Acts to Orion Lineup.
Viewers' growing tendencies to talk about TV in social media and interact on a second screen as they watch presents big opportunities for networks and marketers -- but there are two big issues that need to be dealt with first.

In science:

As shown in Fig. 3, the FRG flow for R′′′′ (0) is still to large values if its bare value is large enough, indicating some tendency to glassy behaviour.
Random field spin models beyond one loop: a mechanism for decreasing the lower critical dimension
Namely, in order to explain the manifestation of the experience and its tendency for re-occurrence after its first manifestation, we conjecture the existence of the potentiality[28 ] for such a manifestation.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Then the series {yi} must be free of very long range tendencies (mainly consequences of observational selections) in the amplitudes, so standard techniques of autocorrelation can be applied.
On a Possible Indicator of Homogeneity of the Universe
There is thus no clear tendency for NLQSOs to appear in a special type of host galaxy.
On-axis spectroscopy of the host galaxies of 20 optically luminous quasars at z~0.3
The horizontal scale of the crosses is arbitrary and is given such that the line connecting the crosses follows the observational tendency.
Spitzer observations of acetylene bands in carbon-rich AGB stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud
We can see a slight tendency toward positive bias, also indicated by larger Chi square.
Quantum random number generator
Although the prototype model under study Eq. (1) is variational—the dynamical evolution of this model has the tendency to minimize its Lyapunov functional—the interface dynamic exhibited by this model is robust.
Transversal interface dynamics of a front connecting a stripe pattern to a uniform state
Figures 3 and 4 show both differential densities obtained from the CNOC2 data and plotted against the luminosity and redshift distances, respectively. γ and γ ∗ decrease as z increases, showing a tendency towards a power law behavior at scales of z > 0.1.
Differential Density Statistics of Galaxy Distribution and the Luminosity Function
Calbet and R. Lòpez-Ruiz, “Tendency Towards Maximum Complexity in an Isolated Non-equil ibrium System .” Phys.
Defining Complexity: A Commentary to a paper by Charles H. Bennett
It is obvious that the inclusion of three–body forces would enhance the tendency of the system towards chaotic dynamics.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Spectra
The precise measurement of Lα is even more difficult, however on average Lα displays a tendency similar to Lp .
Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind
Moreover, Fig.6b does not reproduce the observed tendency for the particle contribution LP to be larger than the magnetic one LM at 1 AU.
Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind
Instead of attributing this discrepancy to mechanisms missing in the steady state model, Hu et al. (2003) proposed that the tendency for LP to be larger than LM is due to interplanetary dynamical processes such as the forward fast shocks traversing the solar wind.
Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind
Still, there is a tendency for the residuals to increase with decreasing [Fe/H].
Sulphur and zinc abundances in Galactic halo stars revisited
Structure optimization results in a strong tendency towards Pd-O bonding, whereas repulsion is found between Cu and Pd atoms.
Charge redistribution at YBa2Cu3O7-metal interfaces