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 An exception is an untitled plant sketch of remarkable dynamism and expressivity., "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 The foursome has an amiable mix of technical precision, expressivity, and an ability to turn on a dime that beautifully animates Shaw’s prismatic tendencies. Peter Dobrin,, "Calidore String Quartet makes gorgeous Philadelphia debut in Caroline Shaw works," 14 May 2018 Heider’s programs always were astutely assembled, and her guided tour of some of Bella Voce’s great successes brought telling contrasts of style and period that felt all of a piece because the performances were of such high quality and expressivity. John Von Rhein,, "Bella Voce looks back on its storied past, Bach Week projects spirit of its namesake forward," 29 Apr. 2018 Barnatan’s playing bordered on being too precious for my tastes, a fey hyper-expressivity that traded concern for Schubert’s architecture with Barnatan’s delight in magnifying the details. Christian Hertzog,, "In his San Diego debut, tenor Robin Tritschler captivates audience in La Jolla Music Society concert," 15 Apr. 2018 Playing a Chopin sonata by hitting every key equally hard will yield a dramatically different result from allowing expressivity and dynamics to influence decisions on how loudly or softly a note should be played. Paul Tullis, Town & Country, "Is AI the Future of Good Taste?," 6 Feb. 2018 Familiarity comes when an artist makes the emotional commitment of expressivity, and that was sometimes missing. Peter Dobrin,, "Met soprano Angela Meade gives Philly fans a thrilling peek ahead in her recital debut here," 8 Jan. 2018 Clinton is not known for the expressivity of her voice, but of course no other narrator would have sufficed. Katy Waldman, Slate Magazine, "Clinton is not known for the expressivity of her voice. But the What Happened audiobook is surprisingly lovely.," 13 Sep. 2017

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1934, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Expressivity.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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