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noun [countable] tendency pronunciation in British English /ˈtendənsi/
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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.
    1. a.
      an aspect of your character that you show by behaving in a particular way
      have artistic/criminal/suicidal tendencies
  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 towards something: We continue to see a tendency towards globalization of brands.


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