- the state or quality of being selective.
- Electricity. the property of a circuit, instrument, or the like, by virtue of which it can distinguish oscillations of a particular frequency.
- Radio. the ability of a receiving set to receive any one of a band of frequencies or waves to the exclusion of others.
Origin of selectivity
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Examples from the Web for selectivity
This is due in part to individual attention given the defendants, but also the selectivity of the courts.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals
July 28, 2013
But their selectivity in applying scripture shows the depth of their hypocrisy.Why Black Preachers Pretend a Key Civil-Rights Leader Didn’t Exist
Mansfield Frazier, Larry Durstin
May 16, 2012
While only 20 years old, Prince Valentine laments the selectivity inherent in international justice.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor
April 28, 2012
Certainly the principle of selectivity is a byway of possibilities.
Like a thunderstorm creating radio static, there was no selectivity.The Penal Cluster
Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
The rare-earths possess the property of selectivity and are fortunately highly refractory.
This selectivity of absorption may account for the difference in the toxicity of zinc salts to plants in the various soils.Inorganic Plant Poisons and Stimulants
Winifred E. Brenchley
The effect of the selectivity of the “yellow spot” is noticeable in viewing certain colors.Visual Illusions
- the state or quality of being selective
- the degree to which a radio receiver or other circuit can respond to and separate the frequency of a desired signal from other frequencies by tuning
- the principle that welfare services should go only to those whose need is greatest, as revealed by needs tests, means tests, etc
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