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English noun: tendency

1. tendency (cognition) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others


SamplesHe had an inclination to give up too easily.
A tendency to be too strict.


Synonymsdisposition, inclination


Broader (hypernym)attitude, mental attitude


Narrower (hyponym)bent, Call, denominationalism, devices, direction, disapproval, disfavor, disfavour, dislike, drift, favor, favoritism, favour, favouritism, impartiality, leaning, literalism, movement, nonpartisanship, partiality, partisanship, perseveration, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, set, sympathy, trend, understanding

2. tendency (feeling) an inclination to do something


SamplesHe felt leanings toward frivolity.


Synonymsleaning, propensity


Broader (hypernym)inclination

3. tendency (attribute) a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect


SamplesThe alkaline inclination of the local waters.
Fabric with a tendency to shrink.


Synonymsinclination


Broader (hypernym)disposition


Narrower (hyponym)buoyancy, desire, electronegativity, heterosis, hybrid vigor, negativity, stainability

4. tendency (location) a general direction in which something tends to move


SamplesThe shoreward tendency of the current.
The trend of the stock market.


Synonymstrend


Broader (hypernym)direction, way









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