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

Examples of positivity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike transmission levels, which factor in coronavirus cases and test positivity rates, COVID-19 community levels factor in both cases and hospitalization rates. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 Test positivity rates remain high, averaging 13.7% over the past four days, indicating that more testing would have caught more cases. oregonlive, 31 May 2022 There are more and more people with such questions as case numbers and test positivity rates climb again. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 13 May 2022 State health departments in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York say percent positivity rates are no longer a reliable metric. Jen Christensen, CNN, 18 Apr. 2022 The Michigan Health Department has reported an uptick in COVID-19 test positivity rates in recent weeks, with positive tests accounting for 4.7% of all clinical tests performed across the state as of its last update on April 6. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2022 Community-level risk goes up when local case counts, hospitalizations, and test positivity rates rise. Yasmin Tayag, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2022 In Manhattan’s West Village, which had among the highest test positivity rates in the city last week, Lisa Landphair, 62, a psychotherapist, was sitting on her stoop Friday afternoon, reading a newspaper. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 When large numbers of people become infected with COVID-19 — as occurred this past winter, with record-high test positivity rates — the virus gains more opportunities to attack vulnerable or under-vaccinated people. Eliza Fawcett, courant.com, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of positivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of positivity was in 1659

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“Positivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positivity. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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