[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.
  3. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of selectivity

  • Certainly the principle of selectivity is a byway of possibilities.

    Artificial Light

    M. Luckiesh

  • 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.

  • The effect of the selectivity of the “yellow spot” is noticeable in viewing certain colors.

    Visual Illusions

    Matthew Luckiesh

British Dictionary definitions for selectivity


  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
  3. 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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