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tendency noun

ADJ. clear, great, marked, strong | slight | greater, growing, increasing There's a growing tendency for women to marry later. | broad, common, general | in-built, inherent, innate, natural, underlying | alarming, dangerous, unfortunate, worrying The later model has an unfortunate tendency to collapse after a few weeks' use. | contradictory | centrifugal The civil war reinforced the centrifugal tendencies at work within the economy. | aggressive, homicidal, suicidal, violent | artistic, criminal, etc. He displayed artistic tendencies at an early age. | homosexual, lesbian

VERB + TENDENCY have | display, reveal, show | reinforce | curb, reduce

PREP. ~ among a worrying tendency among the abused to become abusers | ~ for There is a tendency for farm sizes to increase. | ~ on the part of The tendency on the part of the children is to blame their parents for everything. | ~ towards Industry showed a tendency towards increasingly centralized administration.