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retentivity

[ree-ten-tiv-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the power to retain; retentiveness.
  2. Electricity. remanence.
  3. Magnetism. the ability to retain magnetization after the removal of the magnetizing force.
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Origin of retentivity

First recorded in 1880–85; retentive + -ity
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Examples from the Web for retentivity

Historical Examples

  • Hardened steel has a high degree of retentivity, while soft iron retains but little magnetism.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower

  • Name an object whose usefulness depends upon its retentivity.

    Physics

    Willis Eugene Tower


British Dictionary definitions for retentivity

retentivity

noun
  1. the state or quality of being retentive
  2. physics another name for remanence
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retentivity in Science

retentivity

[rē′tĕn-tĭvĭ-tē]
  1. See remanence.
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