pos·​i·​tiv·​i·​ty | \ ˌpä-zə-ˈti-və-tē How to pronounce positivity (audio) \
plural positivities

Definition of positivity

1 : the quality or state of being positive
2 : something that is positive

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Perfumes can attract positivity, call in new people into your life [and] certain fragrances can be used to ward off negativity. Dianca London Potts, SELF, "8 Modern Witches Share Their Daily Beauty Rituals," 11 Apr. 2019 The evening, although heavy given the subject matter, didn’t squander notions of positivity, hope, and optimism. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New York Next Generation Hosts a Record-Breaking Fundraiser for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum," 7 Apr. 2019 No doubt the actress will put her positivity (and magnificent eye roll) to good use as a parent. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jessica Chastain and Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo Are Reportedly Already Parents," 19 Nov. 2018 Schumer has always been very open about her struggles with body positivity, sometimes speaking bluntly about the issue and other times becoming hilariously self deprecating to get her point across. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Amy Schumer Takes Her Fashion Cred to the Next Level With the New Clothing Line Le Cloud," 27 Nov. 2018 Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé's Birthday Celebrations in Italy Put Our Entire Summer to Shame," 6 Sep. 2018 Thank you for all the positivity and for the beautiful birthday wishes. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Beyoncé Just Wrote the Most Touching Letter to Her Fans," 6 Sep. 2018 The other members of Little Mix have also participated in similar moments of positivity. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Perrie Edwards Was Teased for Having Freckles," 19 Oct. 2018 For all its glamour, New York Fashion Week has never been a beacon of body positivity, but Curvy Con is a different story. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Curvy Con’s Founders Are Making Fashion Week Better and More Body Positive," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of positivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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