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[fi-del-i-tee, fahy-] /fɪˈdɛl ɪ ti, faɪ-/
noun, plural fidelities.
strict observance of promises, duties, etc.:
a servant's fidelity.
fidelity to one's country.
conjugal faithfulness.
adherence to fact or detail.
accuracy; exactness:
The speech was transcribed with great fidelity.
Audio, Video. the degree of accuracy with which sound or images are recorded or reproduced.
Origin of fidelity
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English fidelite (< Middle French) < Latin fidēlitās, equivalent to fidēli- (stem of fidēlis loyal, equivalent to fidē(s) faith + -lis adj. suffix) + -tās -ty2
Related forms
nonfidelity, noun
unfidelity, noun, plural unfidelities.
2. See loyalty. 5. precision, faithfulness, rigor, meticulousness.
2. disloyalty. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fidelity
  • The trouble is that a crucial step-doing a brain scan to set up the computer model-cannot be done with fidelity.
  • Her biggest challenge will be restraint though, and fidelity to that limited purpose she describes.
  • The breathtaking realism of the landscape owed its fidelity to photography.
  • He always lovingly trusted in you with a fidelity that your manifold treacheries were not able to shake.
  • Private-label designers for major department stores trumpet the fidelity of their imitations.
  • Much depends upon the sensitivity, acuity, and fidelity of the interviewer.
  • They have to write offensive and defensive, despite their fidelity to the c in offence and defence.
  • fidelity to cherished beliefs has been replaced by loyalty to anything that brings material benefit.
  • He wrestles with fidelity, envy, vengeance and forgiveness.
  • Entire markets have been transformed by products that trade power or fidelity for low price, flexibility, and convenience.
British Dictionary definitions for fidelity


noun (pl) -ties
devotion to duties, obligations, etc; faithfulness
loyalty or devotion, as to a person or cause
faithfulness to one's spouse, lover, etc
adherence to truth; accuracy in reporting detail
(electronics) the degree to which the output of a system, such as an amplifier or radio, accurately reproduces the characteristics of the input signal See also high fidelity
Word Origin
C15: from Latin fidēlitās, from fidēlis faithful, from fidēs faith, loyalty
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Word Origin and History for fidelity

early 15c., from Middle French fidélité (15c.), from Latin fidelitatem (nominative fidelitas) "faithfulness, adherence," from fidelis "faithful, true," from fides "faith" (see faith).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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