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tendency


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tendency  \Tend"en*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Tendencies}.  [L.  tendents 
  -entis,  p.  pr  of  tendere:  cf  F.  tendance.  See  {Tend}  to 
  move.] 
  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. 
  --Addison. 
 
  In  every  experimental  science,  there  is  a  tendency 
  toward  perfection.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  Disposition;  inclination;  proneness;  drift;  scope;  aim 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tendency 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {inclination}, 
  {disposition}] 
  2:  an  inclination  to  do  something  "he  felt  leanings  toward 
  frivolity"  [syn:  {leaning},  {propensity}] 
  3:  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"  [syn:  {inclination}] 
  4:  a  general  direction  in  which  something  tends  to  move:  "the 
  shoreward  tendency  of  the  current";  "the  trend  of  the 
  stock  market"  [syn:  {trend}] 




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