from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Movement or prevailing movement in a given direction: observed the tendency of the wind; the shoreward tendency of the current.
- n. A characteristic likelihood: fabric that has a tendency to wrinkle.
- n. A predisposition to think, act, behave, or proceed in a particular way.
- n. An implicit direction or purpose: not openly liberal, but that is the tendency of the book.
- n. An implicit point of view in written or spoken matter; a bias.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about an effect or result.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Movement, or inclination to move, in some particular direction or toward some end or purpose; bent, leaning, or inclination toward some object, effect, or result; inclining or contributing influence.
- n. Synonyms Propensity, Inclination, etc. (see bent), drift, direction, bearing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
- n. an inclination to do something
- n. a general direction in which something tends to move
- n. an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others
Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendēns, tendent-, present participle of tendere, to tend; see tend1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from the Latin tendere / tendō. (Wiktionary)