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tendency

ten·den·cy

tendency

 
pronunciation:
ten dn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: tendencies
definition 1: an inclination or natural disposition to move in a certain direction.
The right-leaning tendency of the nation's government has often been commented on in the foreign press.I've always had a tendency toward plumpness.The tendency toward chaos at the end of the school term seems inevitable.
synonyms:
leaning, trend
similar words:
capability, drift, list, tropism
definition 2: the characteristic of being likely to feel or behave in a certain way.
I have a tendency to be shy at parties.He'd had a tendency to tell lies even as a young child.This clock has a tendency to run fast.Babies have a tendency to cry when they're hungry or tired.
synonyms:
cast, disposition, inclination, leaning, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, turn
similar words:
aptitude, bent, bias, capability, grain, instinct, penchant, predilection, preference, slant, streak, susceptibility
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Word Parts
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.