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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.