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tendency

noun [C] uk   /ˈten.dən.si/ us  
C1 If someone has a tendency to do or like something, they will probably do it or like it: [+ to infinitive] His tendency to exaggerate is well known.Habitual behaviour If there is a tendency for something to happen, it is likely to happen or it often happens: There is a tendency for unemployment to rise in the summer.Habitual behaviour If there is a tendency to do something, it starts to happen more often or starts to increase: [+ to infinitive] There is a growing tendency to regard money more highly than quality of life.Habitual behaviour
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