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.
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How to use selectivity in a sentence
This odd selectivity is not peculiar to primates — there are countless examples of pathogens devastating certain host species but not others.Researchers Read the Sugary ‘Language’ on Cell Surfaces | Rachel Crowell | May 3, 2021 | Quanta Magazine
I would imagine it’s a long list of, you know, 500 schools on your wall ordered roughly by selectivity.Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming. Here's What You Need to Know to Find an Affordable Option | Sean Gregory | February 5, 2021 | Time
Limited agency talent and budgetary pressures will only heighten this selectivity going forward.
The remarkable selectivity that neurons show, Quiroga argues, isn’t absolute.Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV - Issue 93: Forerunners | Adithya Rajagopalan | December 2, 2020 | Nautilus
This selectivity is partially why optogenetics is so powerful.Scientists Found a New Way to Control the Brain With Light—No Surgery Required | Shelly Fan | October 13, 2020 | Singularity Hub
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 | Matthew Wolfe | July 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
While only 20 years old, Prince Valentine laments the selectivity inherent in international justice.Liberian Nostalgia for War Criminal Charles Taylor | Finlay Young | April 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She even has a name for this phenomenon: the socio-emotional selectivity theory.
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.Artificial Light | M. Luckiesh
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
Certainly the principle of selectivity is a byway of possibilities.Artificial Light | M. Luckiesh
The effect of the selectivity of the “yellow spot” is noticeable in viewing certain colors.Visual Illusions | Matthew Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for selectivity
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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