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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Even the terminology of size inclusivity and body positivity are new to the fashion vernacular. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Veda’s Extended Size Collaboration With Nicolette Mason Is Fashion at Its Most Fearless," 13 Nov. 2018 Victoria’s Secret believes the body positivity dialogue should be positive. Hilary George-parkin, Glamour, "What's Holding Victoria's Secret Back From Body Diversity on the Runway?," 9 Nov. 2018 The original song and video’s goal was to usher in a wave of positivity within the Overwatch community to showcase that men shouldn’t automatically assume women will play support roles. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Reaction to TikTok’s Overwatch meme misses the original video’s intention," 2 Nov. 2018 The campaign was met with plenty of backlash against the brand choosing to feature body positivity as slim models rather than curvier models. Carson Kessler, Fortune, "Melania Trump's Jacket Is Just the Controversial Clothing by Zara. Here's a Timeline of the Rest," 22 June 2018 There're some great body positivity ambassadors in the fashion world as well as some great wellness advocates (and there’s always room for more), but there’s a middle that isn't represented. Bridget Malcolm, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bridget Malcolm Reveals How Hard Models Work for Their Lean Bodies," 20 June 2018 Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele have expressed their positivity over the potential signing of Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann this summer. SI.com, "Barcelona Stars Messi & Dembele Lavish Praise on Griezmann Following Talk of Atletico Madrid Stay," 7 June 2018 What the Perfect Male Body Looks Like Now news & culture The Importance of Rudeness But body positivity and rational exercise regimens are no antidote for vanity. Clay Skipper, GQ, "What the Perfect Male Body Looks Like Now," 25 Feb. 2018 Besides liking the fact both hail from Oklahoma, Fulmer was immediately enveloped in his positivity about the season to come. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers embrace their new look at winter caravan," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of positivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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