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Definition of the noun tendency

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noun - plural: tendencies

  1. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
  2. an inclination to do something
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of tendency: leaning / propensity
    • more generic word: inclination = that toward which you are inclined to feel a liking
  3. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    • example: fabric with a tendency to shrink
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of tendency: inclination
    • more generic word: disposition = a natural or acquired habit or characteristic tendency in a person or thing
    • more specific terms:
      • hybrid vigor / heterosis = the tendency of a crossbred organism to have qualities superior to those of either parent
      • buoyancy = the tendency to float in water or other liquid
      • electronegativity / negativity = the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
      • stainability = the capacity of cells or cell parts to stain specifically with certain dyes
      • desire = an inclination to want things
  4. a general direction in which something tends to move
    • example: the shoreward tendency of the current
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of tendency: trend
    • more generic words: direction / way = a line leading to a place or point

Alternative definition of the noun tendency


  1. a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.


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Phrases with Tendency

  1. Tendency Writing
  2. militant tendency
  3. Measure of Central Tendency

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Tendency

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Google previewThe Person-Centered Approach (2000)

Applications for Living by Douglas W. Bower

The actualization tendency is the sole motivational construct in clientcentered theory. It is the motivation for...

The actualizing tendency is a concept in the domain of the natural sciences, not a moral or ethical concept. Rogers' observed ...

Google previewSocial Justice, Education and Identity (2003)

by Carol Vincent

The first tendency is a common failure to engage adequately with the tensions that may arise between different facets of or claims to social justice (although there are, of course, exceptions, for example, Carspecken 1991 1. Thus, for example ...

Google previewA History of Classical Scholarship (2011)

From the End of the Sixth Century B.C. to the End of the Middle Ages by John Edwin Sandys

The second tendency is that of men like Paulinus of Nola, which, while introducing into the Church a new Pantheon' of locally important saints (such as Felix of Nola), 'jealously guards its pupils from the contagion of the gentile Classics'.

Google previewBiostatistics for Oral Healthcare (2008)

by Jay S. Kim, Ronald J. Dailey

The term central tendency refers to the value on which a distribution tends to center. In the next several sections,

The most frequently used measure of central tendency is an arithmetic mean or simply a mean. The mean, commonly known as ...

Google previewMicrosoft Flight Simulator X For Pilots (2012)

Real World Training by Jeff Van West, Kevin Lane-Cummings

The higher your realism setting, the greater thisleft turning tendency is. The leftturning tendency is the result of gyroscopic procession of the propeller combined with the lifting force of the tail going up. All that matters to you as a pilot is using ...

Google previewCulture, Behavior, and Personality (1982)

by Robert A. LeVine

A second tendency is the renewed use of case studies of individual adults observed and interviewed over an extended period of time in the course of anthropological field work. These case studies differ from the life histories of earlier culture ...

Google previewPass the Ssat! Complete Secondary School Admissions Test Study Guide (2013)

by Complete Test Preparation Inc.

A Tendency is the proneness of a particular outcome or a place, event, or effect over another outcome. 18.

Google previewThe Cord Keepers (2004)

Khipus and Cultural Life in a Peruvian Village by Frank L. Salomon

fourth tendency is the disappearance of the ...

Google previewThe Good, the Bad, and the Just (2014)

How Modern Men Shape Their World by Professor Riël Vermunt

In certain periods of time, in certain cultures and situations, curbing the egoistic tendency is a more strenuous task than curbing the altruistic one. Moreover, the more the self is cognitively accessible while making allocation decisions the more ...

Google previewThe Language of Winnicott: A Dictionary of Winnicott's Use of Words (2007)

A Dictionary of Winnicott's Use of Words by Jan Abram

tendency. 1 The evacuation experience 2 Delinquency and normal antisocial behaviour 3 The need to steal 4 Two trends: destructive and object seeking 5 The hopeful moment 6 The antisocial tendency and psychoanalysis ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Psychology (2016)

by Ray Corsini

central tendency The middle-most location or direction in a set of scores, usually represented by the mean, median, or mode. central tendency error A tendency when assessing individuals or things of ...

Google previewPilot's Encyclopedia of Aeronautical Knowledge (2013)

Federal Aviation Administration by Federal Aviation Administration Federal Aviation Administration

Static stability has been defined as the initial tendency that the airplane displays after being disturbed from its trimmed condition. Occasionally, theinitial tendency is differentor opposite from the overall tendency, so distinction must be made ...

Google previewA dictionary of new medical terms, a suppl. to 'An illustrated dictionary of medicine, biology and allied sciences'. (1905)

by George Milbry Gould

Calculous, a constitutional tendency to the formation of calculi. D., Cancerous. See Cachexia, Cancerous. D., Catarrhal, a tendency to excessive secretion of mucus. D., Climatic, a morbid state of body dependent upon local physical ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America (2015)

by David Schultz, John R. Vile

The bad-tendency test permitted the government to prohibit speech before it could create a real danger. The rationale was that the natural and reasonable tendency of the words or publication to result in an illegal act justified suppression of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Special Education (2007)

A Reference for the Education of Children, Adolescents, and Adults with Disabilities and Other Exceptional Individuals by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

being measured is qualitative, the mean is not the preferred measure of central tendency. For skewed distributions, the median is used. This is because the median is not affected by the scores falling above and below it. For example, the ...

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Quotes about Tendency

I'm constantly having to be vigilant with a depressive tendency, an addictive tendency. (Patrick Marber)
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Scrabble value of T1E1N1D2E1N1C3Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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