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noun [countable]     tendency pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a strong chance that something will happen in a particular way
    a tendency (for someone/something) to do something:

    There’s a tendency for a new manager to make changes.

    have a tendency to do something:

    You have a tendency to avoid arguments.

  2. 2
    an attitude, habit, or situation that is starting to develop in a particular way

    an increasing/growing tendency

    a tendency (for someone/something) to do something:

    The tendency is for students to research on the Internet.

    a tendency toward something:

    We continue to see a tendency toward globalization of brands.

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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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