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Definition of Tendency

(noun) An inclination; propensity.

Example of Tendency

  • Individuals have a tendency to be left-handed or right-handed.

Tendency Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /ˈtɛndnsi/
    • British English
      • /ˈtɛndənsi/
  • Syllabification: (ten·den·cy)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: tendencies
  • sociologist (adverb) tendentiously or (adverb) tendenciously or (adverb) tendentially or (adverb) tendencially views the world through the sociological lens to create (adjective) tendential (adjectivetendentious or (adjectivetendencious research that has sociological (noun) tendentiousness or (noun) tendenciousness.

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Reference

Catton, William R. 1960. “The Functions and Dysfunctions of Ethnocentrism: A Theory.” Social Problems 8(3):201–11. doi:10.2307/798910.

Cite the Definition of Tendency

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “tendency.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 18, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/tendency/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

tendency. (2015). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/tendency/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2015. “tendency.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 18, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/tendency/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“tendency.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 18 Sep. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/tendency/>.