A tendency is an inclination to do something. For example, dogs have a tendency to bark at strangers and the mail man.

We all have tendencies: things we're inclined to do, or like to do, or just can't help doing. Morning people have a tendency to get up early. Basketball players usually have a tendency to go right or left. Optimists have a tendency to look on the bright side of things; pessimists have the opposite tendency. Other things have tendencies too, like how the stock market tends to go up and down.

Definitions of tendency

n an inclination to do something

leaning, propensity
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that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking

n an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others

“a tendency to be too strict”
disposition, inclination
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a general course along which something has a tendency to develop
drift, movement, trend
a general tendency to change (as of opinion)
a special disposition (as if from a divine source) to pursue a particular course
the tendency, in Protestantism, to separate into religious denominations or to advocate such separations
an inclination or desire; used in the plural in the phrase `left to your own devices'
sympathy, understanding
an inclination to support or be loyal to or to agree with an opinion
favoritism, favouritism
an inclination to favor some person or group
leaning, proclivity, propensity
a natural inclination
bent, set
a relatively permanent inclination to react in a particular way
a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
the tendency for a memory or idea to persist or recur without any apparent stimulus for it
an inclination beforehand to interpret statements in a particular way
favor, favour
an inclination to approve
disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike
an inclination to withhold approval from some person or group
partiality, partisanship
an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives
impartiality, nonpartisanship
an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
a settled or prevailing or habitual course of a person's life
evolutionary trend
a general direction of evolutionary change
a figurative movement toward some attraction
orientation, predilection, preference
a predisposition in favor of something
an idiomatic term for being in disfavor
severe disapproval
anthropocentricity, anthropocentrism
an inclination to evaluate reality exclusively in terms of human values
belief in the superiority of one's own ethnic group
belief in the preeminence of Europe and the Europeans
bias, preconception, prejudice
a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
a slight but noticeable partiality
localism, provincialism, sectionalism
a partiality for some particular place
partiality that is not fair or equitable
freedom from bias or from selfish motives
candor, candour, fair-mindedness, fairness
ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
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attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

“fabric with a tendency to shrink”
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heterosis, hybrid vigor
(genetics) the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
the tendency to float in water or other liquid
electronegativity, negativity
(chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
(cytology) the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
an inclination to want things
the tendency of cells to stain with basic dyes
hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
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a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing

n a general direction in which something tends to move

“the shoreward tendency of the current”
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direction, way
a line leading to a place or point

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