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.
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]