noun (plural -cies) Etymology: Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendent-, tendens, present participle of tendere Date: 1628 1. a. direction or approach toward a place, object, effect, or limit b. a proneness to a particular kind of thought or action 2. a. the purposeful trend of something written or said ; aim b. deliberate but indirect advocacy Synonyms: tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force <
a general tendency toward inflation
. trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course <
the long-term trend of the stock market is upward
. drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces <
the drift of the population away from large cities
or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse <
got the drift of her argument
. tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course <
the tenor of the times
. current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course <
an encounter that changed the current of my life

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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