noun, plural ten·den·cies.
- tend to,
- tendency tone,
Origin of tendency
Examples from the Web for tendencies
There was a chance that he could have been arrested as well for his Jacobin tendencies.
The large-scale structure of the Universe is the result of a conflict between two tendencies.
Since the 1967 war, he thought these tendencies could coexist and propel him.
As long as we have baby-boomer nostalgia and Internet gossip, the tendencies to idolize or vandalize will be indulged.
And if you want to see these tendencies (or hypothesized tendencies) at their worst, just look at our political media environment.Why Pundits Keep Making (Often Wrong) Presidential Predictions|Jesse Singal|August 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The spirit and tendencies of the past century still persisted in the circles which were most permanently influential.The Idea of Progress|J. B. Bury
These tendencies exist, but they will not seriously injure the community which has anything worth while for its people.The Farmer and His Community|Dwight Sanderson
Dr. Smith's book is really a history of education written around the origin and tendencies of the high school as central.College Teaching|Paul Klapper
We find then two tendencies which always exist in any progressive society—radicalism and conservatism.The Radicalism of Shelley and Its Sources|Daniel J. MacDonald
These tendencies in poetry were modified, in the latter part of the century, by the revival of romantic poetry.English Literature|William J. Long
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for tendency
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.