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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ten·den·cy /ˈtɛndən(t)si/

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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
      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]