Tend·en·cy n.; pl. Tendencies 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.