tendency etymology

English word tendency comes from Proto-Indo-European *tengʰ-, and later Proto-Italic *tendō (To stretch.)

Detailed word origin of tendency

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*tengʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*tendō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To stretch.
tendere Latin (lat)
tendere English (eng)
tendency English (eng) (politics) An organised unit or faction within a larger political organisation.. A likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.