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selectivity Line breaks: se¦lect|iv¦ity
Pronunciation: /sɪlɛkˈtɪvɪti/
/sɛlɛkˈtɪvɪti/ /siːlɛkˈtɪvɪti/

Definition of selectivity in English:


[mass noun]
1The quality of carefully choosing someone or something as the best or most suitable: provision is organized on the principle of selectivity
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  • Those unfamiliar with these significant changes in institutional wealth, selectivity, student quality, and academic research will benefit greatly from this book.
  • As demonstrated, it has carved out for itself a leadership role that sought to square one particular circle, namely the reconciliation of the need for legitimacy, with a unilateral right to apply a principle of selectivity.
  • Unilever has applied the principle of brand selectivity on a much grander scale.
1.1The property of affecting some things and not others: proteins capable of binding hydrophobic molecules with high affinity and selectivity
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  • Biocontrol agents are chosen specifically for their selectivity, so they cannot be expected to control a complex of weeds effectively.
  • It seems appropriate in this connection to analyze selectivity as a characteristic of weapon systems.
  • Non-lethal weapons have inherent characteristics of precision effects, selectivity of engagement, and versatility.
1.2 Electronics The ability of a device to respond to a particular frequency without interference from others: reception ratings are based on measurements of sensitivity and selectivity
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  • Although the hair cell's electrical resonance and frequency selectivity are well understood, a problem remains.
  • This electromechanical behavior enhances the amplitude of vibration and sharpens the frequency selectivity of the cochlear partition in response to sound.
  • The sharp frequency selectivity of auditory nerve fiber responses to sound is a hallmark of vertebrate cochlear function.

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