Meaning of tendency

ten•den•cy

Pronunciation: (ten'dun-sē), [key]
— pl. -cies.
  1. a natural or prevailing disposition to move, proceed, or act in some direction or toward some point, end, or result: the tendency of falling bodies toward the earth.
  2. an inclination, bent, or predisposition to something: a tendency to talk too much.
  3. a special and definite purpose in a novel or other literary work.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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