[ si-lek-tiv-i-tee, see-lek- ]
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  1. the state or quality of being selective.

  2. Electricity. the property of a circuit, instrument, or the like, by virtue of which it can distinguish oscillations of a particular frequency.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1900–05; selective + -ity

Words Nearby selectivity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use selectivity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for selectivity


/ (sɪˌlɛkˈtɪvɪtɪ) /

  1. the state or quality of being selective

  2. 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

  1. 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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