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Synonyms for tendency
ˈtɛn dən siten·den·cy

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  1. tendencynoun

    Synonyms:
    trend, penchant, inclination, propensity, disposition

  2. tendencynoun

    a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.

    Denim has a tendency to fade.

    Synonyms:
    propensity, disposition, trend, penchant, inclination

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tendency

    The aim is the direction in which one shoots, or sometimes that which is aimed at. The mark is that at which one shoots; the goal, that toward which one runs. All alike indicate the direction of endeavor. The end is the point at which one expects or hopes to close his labors; the object, that which he would grasp as the reward of his labors. Aspiration, design, endeavor, purpose, referring to the mental acts by which the aim is attained, are often used as interchangeable with aim. Aspiration applies to what are viewed as noble aims; endeavor, design, intention, purpose, indifferently to the best or worst. Aspiration has less of decision than the other terms; one may aspire to an object, and yet lack the fixedness of purpose by which alone it can be attained. Purpose is stronger than intention. Design especially denotes the adaptation of means to an end; endeavor refers to the exertions by which it is to be attained. One whose aims are worthy, whose aspirations are high, whose designs are wise, and whose purposes are steadfast, may hope to reach the goal of his ambition, and will surely win some object worthy of a life's endeavor. Compare AMBITION; DESIGN.

    Synonyms:
    aim, aspiration, design, determination, end, end, endeavor, endeavor, goal, inclination, intent, intention, mark, object, purpose

    Antonyms:
    aimlessness, avoidance, carelessness, heedlessness, neglect, negligence, oversight, purposelessness, thoughtlessness

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inclination, disposition, tendencynoun

    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"

    Synonyms:
    lean, temperament, magnetic dip, angle of dip, list, inclining, magnetic inclination, tilt, inclination, trend, angle of inclination, disposal, dip, inclination of an orbit, leaning, disposition, propensity

  2. leaning, propensity, tendencynoun

    an inclination to do something

    "he felt leanings toward frivolity"

    Synonyms:
    trend, list, aptness, propensity, proclivity, inclination, leaning, disposition, lean, tilt

  3. tendency, inclinationnoun

    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"

    Synonyms:
    trend, magnetic inclination, list, magnetic dip, lean, angle of dip, propensity, inclination of an orbit, disposition, inclination, leaning, inclining, angle of inclination, tilt, dip

  4. tendency, trendnoun

    a general direction in which something tends to move

    "the shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock market"

    Synonyms:
    trend, movement, propensity, course, disposition, inclination, leaning, vogue, style, drift

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tendencynoun

    Synonyms:
    drift, inclination, proclivity, proneness, propensity, bent, predisposition

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tendency":

    trend, propensity, trends, inclination, pattern, tended, orientation, drift

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How to use tendency in a sentence?

  1. James Fenimore Cooper:

    The tendency of democracies is, in all things, to mediocrity.

  2. Bloomberg Opinions columnist Bobby Ghosh:

    Its reflective tendency to lie about crises, recently on display with the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner, adds credence to reports that the first signs of the outbreak were evident on Feb. 13, six days before the government owned up.

  3. Colleen Jenn:

    I think people need to be cognizant that elections have consequences. People have a tendency to vote on issues that matter most to them, and hopefully if we throw a spotlight on this once again, that people will come out and vote and vote for gun legislation that is so sorely needed from coast to coast.

  4. Bill Smead:

    There's a tendency to keep brands for life and you're seeing more companies trying to find themes that will speak to their future customers.

  5. David Searles:

    The tendency of an event to occur varies inversely with one's preparation for it.


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