What is tendency?

  • (noun): An attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others.
    Example: "A tendency to be too strict"
    Synonyms: inclination, disposition
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on tendency:

Apophenic - Meanings and Forms
... In 2008, Michael Shermer coined the word 'patternicity', defining it as "the tendency to find meaningful patterns in meaningless noise" ... In The Believing Brain (2011), Shermer defines patternicity as "the tendency to find meaningful patterns in both meaningful and meaningless noise" ... The Believing Brain thesis also says that we have "the tendency to infuse patterns with meaning, intention, and agency", which Shermer calls 'agenticity' ...
Tendency - Recovered Names
... Maggie's Militant Tendency Battle Tendency, the second story arc of the manga series JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. 5 to 12 of the original Jump Comics edition Suicidal Tendency Internationalist Communist Tendency, a political international whose member organisations identify with the Italian ... The group publishes the newspaper Al-Nahdah Leninist Trotskyist Tendency, a Trotksyist political international Marxist–Leninist–Maoist Tendency, a communist group in Colombia ...
... Tramlining is the tendency of a vehicle's wheels to follow the contours in the surface upon which it runs ... The term comes from the tendency of a car's wheels to follow the normally recessed rails of street trams, without driver input in the same way that the train does ... People who are relatively inexperienced with driving with this tendency will feel that they have to make continual course corrections and it is very easy to overcompensate the ...
Tagalog Phonology - Vowels and Semivowels
... The diphthong /ai/ and the sequence /aʔi/ have a tendency to become ... The diphthong /au/ and the sequence /aʔu/ have a tendency to become /ɛ/ "e" in any position, "i" in final syllables (except for English loanwords ... /i/ before s-consonant clusters has a tendency to be dropped, as in isports and istasyon ...
Pointinini - Tendency
... The pointinini is a key component of the "Afrodesign" or modern "Afrostyle" ... The pointinini is a true phenomenon of style in Africa ...

More definitions of "tendency":

  • (noun): A characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect.
    Example: "Fabric with a tendency to shrink"
    Synonyms: inclination
  • (noun): A general direction in which something tends to move.
    Example: "The shoreward tendency of the current"
    Synonyms: trend

Famous quotes containing the word tendency:

    Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, “How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?” and avoid “How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?”
    James Thurber (1894–1961)

    Democracies are notorious for a tendency to obey the feelings rather than the mind; thus the nature of democracies often makes it difficult to conclude a peace after a hard-won war. Generous victors are rare.
    Amos Elon (b. 1926)

    As parents it is well to be aware of the tendency to equate energetic activity with contest. Our children’s worth does not depend on their ability to trounce one another. And surely we can find ways of frolicking and being healthy and active together in some joyful, free way that is not an adversary relationship.
    Polly Berrien Berends (20th century)