pos·i·tiv·i·ty | \ˌpä-zə-ˈti-və-tē \
plural positivities

Definition of positivity 

1 : the quality or state of being positive

2 : something that is positive

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Now more than ever, fashion brands continue to embrace the body positivity movement by foregoing Photoshop and airbrushing typically used on models. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Boohoo Didn't Photoshop a Model's Stretch Marks and Customers Are Loving It," 27 June 2018 And as a crusader of the body positivity movement, that's been Graham's mission all along. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ashley Graham Shows Off Her Beach Body in Unretouched Swimsuit Campaign," 3 May 2018 The last few years have shown great strides in the body positivity movement, with the phrase on the lips of everyone from Oprah to Reese Witherspoon. Elyssa Goodman, Billboard, "14 Musicians With Body Positive Messages," 12 Feb. 2018 The body positivity movement is arguably one of the most influential social media campaigns to emerge since the advent of social media itself. Lisa Fogarty, Redbook, "The Problem With Body Positivity," 8 Nov. 2017 In this sense, the positivity and joy that the players seem to get out of playing together has breathed the same emotions into the supporters. SI.com, "Coming Home? 90min England Fans Have Their Say on the Three Lions' Hopes at the World Cup," 30 June 2018 Additionally, there are people who want to engage with our content—particularly the content around body positivity and disordered eating—who don’t want to see any messaging at all related to weight or weight loss. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "How Should a Health Brand Talk About Weight?," 25 June 2018 Tandem also used nontraditional yellow to associate positivity with Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign. Diana Budds, Vox, "The brilliance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s bold campaign design," 2 July 2018 With fears that England had lost their momentum with defeat to Belgium, Southgate urged his squad to maintain positivity from Tunisia and Panama victories. SI.com, "Gareth Southgate 'Bold Enough' to Accept Mistakes Should Colombia Knock England Out of World Cup," 30 June 2018

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1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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