polarity

noun
po·​lar·​i·​ty | \ pō-ˈler-ə-tē How to pronounce polarity (audio) , pə-, -ˈla-rə- \
plural polarities

Definition of polarity

1 : the quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits opposite properties or powers in opposite parts or directions or that exhibits contrasted properties or powers in contrasted parts or directions : the condition of having poles
2 : attraction toward a particular object or in a specific direction
3 : the particular state either positive or negative with reference to the two poles or to electrification
4a : diametrical opposition
b : an instance of such opposition

Examples of polarity in a Sentence

the polarity of the candidates' views on the issue means that the voters have a clear choice to make
Recent Examples on the Web This active season itself is somewhat predictable, as the sun's magnetic field flips polarity over an 11-year cycle. Jennifer Gray, CNN, 8 Nov. 2021 This opening sequence serves to establish a polarity that Haynes uses to set up the film: John Cale, avant-garde; Lou Reed, pop. Kevin Dettmar, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 My hobby was the polarity of that, collecting fantasy and horror stuff. Roger Vincent Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 The polarity between Taliban views and the political climate that these members are accustomed to is significant, and the new shift is predicted to further disrupt women’s opportunities. Monica Haider, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 The polarity is clear — customers want to make more money with their suppliers, with less effort. Frederick Daso, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Easier said than done in this world of excessive polarity. Simon Mainwaring, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Nevertheless, there is a tinge of anger that remains in Ray's voice about the state of the world at the moment, a world whose obvious polarity has become quite the burden for many. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 30 Aug. 2021 Another important finding is that the outer facet of the crystal also has a slight electric charge, or polarity, on its surface. Eric Niiler, Wired, 27 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of polarity

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of polarity was in 1646

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18 Nov 2021

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“Polarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polarity. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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polarity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of polarity

: a state in which two ideas, opinions, etc., are completely opposite or very different from each other
: the condition of having positive and negative charges and especially magnetic or electrical poles

polarity

noun
po·​lar·​i·​ty | \ pō-ˈlar-ət-ē, pə- How to pronounce polarity (audio) \
plural polarities

Medical Definition of polarity

1 : the quality or condition inherent in a body that exhibits contrasting properties or powers in contrasting parts or directions
2 : attraction toward a particular object or in a specific direction
3 : the particular state either positive or negative with reference to the two poles or to electrification

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