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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.


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.


Broader (hypernym)direction, way

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