polarity

noun po·lar·i·ty \ pō-ˈler-ə-tē , pə- , -ˈla-rə- \

Definition of polarity

plural polarities
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
4 a :diametrical opposition
b :an instance of such opposition

Examples of polarity in a Sentence

  1. the polarity of the candidates' views on the issue means that the voters have a clear choice to make

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First Known Use of polarity

1646


POLARITY Defined for English Language Learners

polarity

noun

Definition of polarity for English Language Learners

  • : a state in which two ideas, opinions, etc., are completely opposite or very different from each other

  • physics : the condition of having positive and negative charges and especially magnetic or electrical poles


Medical Dictionary

polarity

noun po·lar·i·ty \ pō-ˈlar-ət-ē, pə- \

medical Definition of polarity

plural polarities
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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