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 Additionally, Abbott said the positivity rate has gone from about 4.5% in late May to over 9% now. Caroline Linton, CBS News, "Governor says "closing down Texas again will always be the last option" as coronavirus cases surge," 22 June 2020 The weekly positivity rate — the percentage of tests that come back positive for COVID-19 — has nearly doubled for a second consecutive week and now stands at 17 percent. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus cases in San Antonio surge past 7,000," 22 June 2020 That positivity rate has remained roughly the same for several weeks. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County reports 2,055 new coronavirus cases, 48 deaths," 20 June 2020 The preliminary positivity rate for tests conducted Friday is 5.9%, according to state data. Tiana Woodard, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: 411 new cases, 19 additional deaths reported," 20 June 2020 The positivity rate was still lower than the state's cumulative rate of 5%, which is influenced by frequent double-digit percentages in April and early May, when testing capacity was limited. Matt Piper, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Protesters go to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' home to lay a wreath; Milwaukee won't move to next phase of reopening," 18 June 2020 The current seven-day average percent positivity rate for coronavirus tests is 7.4%. USA TODAY, "Spiking numbers, opening venues, guarding beaches: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2020 That suggests that low positivity rates among protest-goers is consistent with statewide trends. Megan Molteni, Wired, "What Minnesota’s Protests Are Revealing About Covid-19 Spread," 18 June 2020 According to the governor, 100 workers were tested for coronavirus and 90 of the tests came back positive for a 90% positivity rate. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "Florida Man Leads His State to the Morgue," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of positivity

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Positivity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/positivity. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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