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tendencynoun [C]

uk   /ˈten.dən.si/  us   /ˈten.dən.si/
C1 If someone has a tendency to do or like something, they will ​probably do it or like it: [+ to infinitive] His tendency toexaggerate is well ​known.
If there is a tendency for something to ​happen, it is ​likely to ​happen or it often ​happens: There is a tendency forunemployment to ​rise in the ​summer.
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 toregardmoney more ​highly than ​quality of ​life.

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tendencynoun [C]

 us   /ˈten·dən·si/
a ​likelihood to ​happen or to have a ​particularcharacteristic or ​effect: She has a tendency to ​work late. There’s a ​growing tendency to ​trykids as adults.
(Definition of tendency from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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