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tendency

 
Noun tendency has 4 senses
  1. inclination, disposition, tendency - 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"
    --1 is a kind of attitude, mental attitude
    --1 has particulars:
     direction; drift, trend, movement; Call; denominationalism; devices; sympathy, understanding; favoritism, favouritism; proclivity, propensity, leaning; bent, set; literalism; perseveration; predisposition; favor, favour; disfavor, disfavour, dislike, disapproval; partiality, partisanship; impartiality, nonpartisanship
    Derived form: verb tend1
  2. leaning, propensity, tendency - an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
    --2 is a kind of inclination
    Derived form: verb tend1
  3. tendency, inclination - 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"
    --3 is a kind of disposition
    --3 has particulars: electronegativity, negativity; stainability; desire
  4. tendency, trend - a general direction in which something tends to move; "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"
    --4 is a kind of direction, way
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