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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Denise Bidot is a mother, model, and body-positivity advocate. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How Model Denise Bidot Gets Glowy, Non-Puffy Skin," 11 July 2018 My goal is to open up a dialogue around skin positivity. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Discusses Why "Suffering from Acne Was Debilitating" and Promotes Skin-Positivity," 18 Jan. 2019 In an effort to keep the positivity going, Victoria posted about the garden on Twitter on December 26 and named the effort #ProjectGrowLove. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "A Parkland Survivor and Teacher Started #ProjectGrowLove to Honor Those Whose Lives Were Lost," 11 Jan. 2019 The positivity can be suffocating, like the guy who’s always trying to sell wheat germ at the supermarket. Jason Gay, WSJ, "And Now, The Most Unmemorable Moments of 2018," 13 Dec. 2018 Devito noticed that body positivity and diversity have also been trending topics in the wellness, fashion, and beauty spaces. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Exclusive: This Powerful Portrait Series Shows Body Positivity Is More Than a Trend," 28 Sep. 2018 Major is launching at a time when body positivity and diversity are among fashion’s biggest talking points. Emily Farra, Vogue, "This Demi-Couture Line Is Bringing Inclusive Sizing to the World of Eveningwear," 25 July 2018 But so is positivity that has no grounding in reality. Andy Staples, SI.com, "How Trevor Moawad, College Football's Coveted Mental Coach, Molds Draft Prospects' Minds," 17 Apr. 2018 But with just a few weeks left until 2019, Pantone is hoping to usher some positivity into all of our lives in the New Year. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pantone Hopes Its 2019 Color of The Year Will Make Life Less of a Dumpster Fire," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of positivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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