tendency

The Correct spelling is: tendency

Common misspellings of the word tendency are:

How do you spell tendency?. It is not tendacy or even tendancy for that matter!

  • n., pl. -cies.
    1. Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction: observed the tendency of the wind; the shoreward tendency of the current.
    2. A characteristic likelihood: fabric that has a tendency to wrinkle.
    3. A predisposition to think, act, behave, or proceed in a particular way.
      1. An implicit direction or purpose: not openly liberal, but that is the tendency of the book.
      2. An implicit point of view in written or spoken matter; a bias.

    [Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendēns, tendent-, present participle of tendere, to tend. See tend1.]

    SYNONYMS  tendency, trend, current, drift, tenor, inclination. These nouns refer to the direction or course of an action or thought. Tendency implies a predisposition to proceed in a particular way: “The tendency of our own day is … towards firm, solid, verifiable knowledge” (William H. Mallock). Trend often applies to a general or prevailing direction, especially within a particular sphere: “the trend of religious thought in recent times” (James Harvey Robinson). Current suggests a course or flow, as of opinion, especially one representative of a given time or place: “the whole current of modern feeling” (James Bryce). A drift is a tendency that seems driven by a shifting current: a drift toward communism in Latin America. Tenor implies a continuous, unwavering course: “His conduct was … uniform and unvarying in its tenor” (Frederick Marryat). Inclination usually refers to an individual's propensity for or disposition toward one thing rather than another: an inclination to overindulge in sweets.


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