expressivity

noun
ex·​pres·​siv·​i·​ty | \ ˌek-ˌspre-ˈsi-və-tē How to pronounce expressivity (audio) \
plural expressivities

Definition of expressivity

1 : the relative capacity of a gene to affect the phenotype of the organism of which it is a part
2 : the quality of being expressive

Examples of expressivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most of the pieces are for women’s voices, exploring different timbres and expressivity. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Satisfying, Bite-Sized Operas," 28 Dec. 2020 Allowing an unusual expressivity for game tech consumers. Dia Lacina, Wired, "The Evolution of Game Console Design—and American Gamers," 5 Nov. 2020 The sublime 25th Variation, a slow, achingly lyrical rumination with passages that explore bold realms of chromatic harmony, invites a performer to play with brooding expressivity. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly," 4 Oct. 2020 The risk of stretching music — especially to the degree that a sense of pulse becomes weak — is that the shape of a phrase, a passage or an entire section becomes entirely lost in a profusion of expressivity. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "Lang Lang: The Pianist Who Plays Too Muchly," 4 Oct. 2020 And his Violin Concerto in D, despite being little more than a showcase for expressivity, is entrenched in the repertoire. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "How a Forgotten Opera Made a Big Comeback," 3 Jan. 2020 Though vocal beauty and proper technique were central to the Italian tradition, Ms. Freni placed a premium on expressivity and feeling. New York Times, "Mirella Freni, Matchless Italian Prima Donna, Dies at 84," 9 Feb. 2020 An exception is an untitled plant sketch of remarkable dynamism and expressivity. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 11 Oct. 2019 In Ennis’s final soliloquy, after Jack has died (almost surely, as Ennis suspects, from a savage attack by men who know the truth about him), Mr. Wuorinen gets the balance between plaintive expressivity and modernist edginess exactly right. New York Times, "Review: ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ the Opera, Falls Short of Its Potential," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of expressivity

1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expressivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expressivity. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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expressivity

noun
ex·​pres·​siv·​i·​ty | \ ˌek-ˌspres-ˈiv-ət-ē How to pronounce expressivity (audio) \
plural expressivities

Medical Definition of expressivity

: the relative capacity of a gene to affect the phenotype of the organism of which it is a part — compare penetrance

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