What does the word tendency mean?

Usage examples for tendency

  1. " I often do wonder whether it may not be so, but I always come to the conclusion that even this is but an example of the involuntary tendency of the mind of man towards the ideal. – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  2. The tendency of every woman is to lose herself in troubling over the many things of her household. – Happiness and Marriage by Elizabeth (Jones) Towne