Definition of fidelity in English:

fidelity

Line breaks: fi¦del|ity
Pronunciation: /fɪˈdɛlɪti
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1Faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support: his fidelity to liberal ideals
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  • The children may also feel that they themselves are demonstrating a lack of fidelity by supporting their remarrying parent.
  • To demonstrate fidelity to the deceased family member, a band of wind and percussion instruments is often present to perform both traditional and popular music.
  • Of the four, he is the most faithful to the values they share, but it's his very loyalty and fidelity that ultimately doom him.
Synonyms
loyalty, allegiance, obedience, constancy, fealty, homage; staunchness, fastness
1.1Sexual faithfulness to a spouse or partner.
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  • Young women were expected to show sexual fidelity to their dating partner, but males were not.
  • One area in which men and women differ is the importance of their partner's sexual fidelity.
  • When was this promise of obedience and sexual fidelity made?
Synonyms
2The degree of exactness with which something is copied or reproduced: the 1949 recording provides reasonable fidelity
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  • Audio is Dolby Digital two-channel mono, with reasonable fidelity and a high degree of clarity.
  • It is a method for maximizing fidelity and dynamic range for a region of interest within a digitized medical image display.
  • It may even be possible for MP3 players to save energy by playing tunes at a slightly lower fidelity without a noticeable change in audio quality.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French fidelite or Latin fidelitas, from fidelis 'faithful', from fides 'faith'. Compare with fealty.

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