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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 to exaggerate 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 for unemployment 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 to regard money more highly than quality of life.

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tendencynoun [C]

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