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Dictionary definition for: Tendency

1. (n) an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily" "a tendency to be too strict"

2. (n) an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward frivolity"

3. (n) a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline inclination of the local waters" "fabric with a tendency to shrink"

4. (n) a general direction in which something tends to move; "the shoreward tendency of the current" "the trend of the stock market"

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