Part of speech: noun

The quality of tending toward some purpose, end, or result.

Part of speech: noun

That which tends to cause an effect.

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Usage examples "tendency":

  1. One of the first results of the awakening of medical education in the middle of this century was a tendency to throw an almost intolerable burden of new subjects upon the medical student. - "Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work", P. Chalmers Mitchell.
  2. " 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", George MacDonald.
  3. The tendency of every woman is to lose herself in troubling over the many things of her household. - "Happiness and Marriage", Elizabeth (Jones) Towne.