|Origin:||tendentia, from Latin tendere; TEND|
ten‧den‧cy S3 W3 plural tendencies [countable]
if someone or something has a tendency to do or become a particular thing, they are likely to do or become it
a tendency to do something
Greg's tendency to be critical made him unpopular with his co-workers.
The drug is effective but has a tendency to cause headaches.
Some people may inherit a tendency to alcoholism.
Researchers believe that the tendency for diabetes is present at birth.
a general change or development in a particular direction
there is a tendency (for somebody) to do something
There is an increasing tendency for women to have children later in life.
a general tendency towards conservation and recycling
a tendency among Americans to get married at a later age
a part of someone's character that makes them likely to behave in a certain way or become an artist, criminal etc:
children with aggressive or anti-social tendencies
4 [also + plural verb British English]PPG
a group within a larger political group that supports ideas that are usually more extreme than those of the main group:
the growing fascist tendency