What is the meaning of tendency?


  • An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others.
    • usage: "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
  • An inclination to do something.
    • usage: "he felt leanings toward frivolity"
  • A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect.
    • usage: "the alkaline inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to shrink"
  • A general direction in which something tends to move.
    • usage: "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"
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