It struck me that Charles has, albeit unwittingly, accelerated the tendency for the bad to drive out the good.
Oh, sure, Joe has a tendency to floss with his own shoelaces.
It is also his tendency to occasionally veer off-script, as he did recently with his attacks on Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.
Beard does admonish the tendency of both academics and popular authors to present speculation as historical truth.
Among those patterns is a tendency for attacks to be “bottom-up,” that is, not organized by the leader of a cohesive group.
The tendency which falsifies judgement in this respect is that of idealisation.
All the higher religions show a tendency to degenerate back to it.
Every abridgment of ceremony has a tendency to lower refinement by introducing that sans-gne which is fatal to good manners.
The tendency, which is our main concern, is a matter of fact to be gathered from the cases.
Thus even in Ethics there is now perceptible in some quarters a tendency to repudiate the normative standpoint.
1620s, from Medieval Latin tendentia "inclination, leaning," from Latin tendens, present participle of tendere "to stretch, aim" (see tenet). Earlier in same sense was tendaunce (mid-15c.), from Old French tendance.