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tendency

ten·den·cy

tendency

 
 
pronunciation:
ten dn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: tendencies
definition: the fact of being likely to feel or act in a certain way.
Babies have a tendency to cry when they're hungry.
synonyms:
inclination
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The word tendency contains the following parts:
tend, tent, tens Latin root that means stretch
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.