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tendency    音標拼音: [t'ɛndənsi]
n. 傾向,趨勢;脾性,癖好

傾向,趨勢;脾性,癖好

tendency
n 1: an attitude of mind especially one that favors one
alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up
too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict" [synonym:
{inclination}, {disposition}, {tendency}]
2: an inclination to do something; "he felt leanings toward
frivolity" [synonym: {leaning}, {propensity}, {tendency}]
3: a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward
a certain condition or character or effect; "the alkaline
inclination of the local waters"; "fabric with a tendency to
shrink" [synonym: {tendency}, {inclination}]
4: a general direction in which something tends to move; "the
shoreward tendency of the current"; "the trend of the stock
market" [synonym: {tendency}, {trend}]

Tendency \Tend"en*cy\, n.; pl. {Tendencies}. [L. tendents,
-entis, p. pr. of tendere: cf. F. tendance. See {Tend} to
move.]
Direction or course toward any place, object, effect, or
result; drift; causal or efficient influence to bring about
an effect or result.
[1913 Webster]

Writings of this kind, if conducted with candor, have a
more particular tendency to the good of their country.
--Addison.
[1913 Webster]

In every experimental science, there is a tendency
toward perfection. --Macaulay.
[1913 Webster]

Syn: Disposition; inclination; proneness; drift; scope; aim.
[1913 Webster]

153 Moby Thesaurus words for "tendency":
affinity, aim, an ear for, an eye for, animus, aptitude, aptness,
azimuth, bag, bearing, bent, bias, body-build, brand, capacity for,
cast, chance, character, characteristic, characteristics,
chosen kind, complexion, composition, constituents, constitution,
course, crasis, cup of tea, current, curve, custom, dharma,
diathesis, direction, direction line, disposition, drift, druthers,
eccentricity, ethos, expectation, fair expectation, fancy, favor,
favorable prospect, felicity, fiber, flair, frame, genius,
genius for, gift for, good chance, grain, habit, heading,
helmsmanship, hue, humor, humors, idiosyncrasy, ilk, inclination,
inclining, individualism, innate aptitude, kidney, kind, lay,
leaning, liability, lie, likelihood, likeliness, line,
line of direction, line of march, make, makeup, mental set, mettle,
mind, mind-set, mold, movement, nature, navigation, odds,
orientation, outlook, partiality, particular choice, penchant,
personal choice, physique, piloting, point, predilection,
predisposition, preference, prejudice, prepossession, presumption,
presumptive evidence, probabilism, probability, proclivity,
proneness, propensity, property, prospect, quality, quarter, range,
readiness, reasonable ground, reasonable hope, run, set, shift,
slant, somatotype, sort, spirit, stamp, steerage, steering, strain,
streak, stripe, style, suchness, susceptibility, system, taste,
temper, temperament, tenor, thing, tone, track, trend, turn,
turn for, turn of mind, twist, type, usage, vein, verisimilitude,
warp, way, well-grounded hope



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