polarity

[ poh-lar-i-tee, puh- ]
/ poʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə- /

noun

Physics.
  1. the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.
  2. the positive or negative state in which a body reacts to a magnetic, electric, or other field.
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.
Linguistics.
  1. (of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
  2. polar opposition.

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Origin of polarity

First recorded in 1640–50; polar + -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM polarity

non·po·lar·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polarity

polarity
/ (pəʊˈlærɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition of having poles
the condition of a body or system in which it has opposing physical properties at different points, esp magnetic poles or electric charge
the particular state of a part of a body or system that has polarityan electrode with positive polarity
the state of having or expressing two directly opposite tendencies, opinions, etc
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Medical definitions for polarity

polarity
[ pō-lărĭ-tē, pə- ]

n.

The property of having two opposite poles, such as those possessed by a magnet, or of having opposite properties or characteristics.
The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.
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Scientific definitions for polarity

polarity
[ pō-lărĭ-tē ]

The condition of having poles or being aligned with or directed toward poles, especially magnetic or electric poles.
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