AskDefine | Define tendency

Dictionary Definition



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]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.
    Denim has a tendency to fade.


likelihood of behaving in a particular way

Extensive Definition

The word tendency is often used by left-wing groups for an organized unit or political faction within the group. It may also refer to:

See also

tendency in Catalan: Direcció
tendency in German: Tendenz
tendency in Spanish: Dirección
tendency in French: Direction

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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