noun, plural ten·den·cies.
Examples from the Web for tendency
They either have a tendency to hyperbolize and make life much more glamorous and titillating than it is, or the other way.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange|Marlow Stern|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But I do think if you look at history and you do believe that history has a tendency to do what?Pro-Palestinian Group Lectured On Skirting Terror Laws|Shane Harris|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In New York, district attorneys have a tendency to grow moss-bound in their roles.Meet Dan Donovan, the Prosecutor Who Let Eric Garner’s Killer Walk|David Freedlander|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Despite his tendency to speak frankly on political issues, he insists that neither he nor his group are politically active.
The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast has a tendency to lose its guests in the middle of the night.Would You Stay in Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murder House?|Nina Strochlic|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The tendency of Alger stories is to the formation of an honorable, manly character.Camp Fires of the Wolf Patrol|Alan Douglas
However, the tendency of the town has always been centrifugal.On the Stairs|Henry B. Fuller
Certainly while the tendency of the first is to level, that of the second is to create differences.
In this tendency to municipal extravagance he saw one of the gravest menaces to property.Historical and Political Essays|William Edward Hartpole Lecky
His tendency was to be rather shy and afraid of Beauty, as a pleasant but not immaculately respectable acquaintance.Adventures among Books|Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for tendency
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for tendency
Word Origin and History 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.