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polarity

[poh-lar-i-tee, puh-] /poʊˈlær ɪ ti, pə-/
noun
1.
Physics.
  1. the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.
  2. the positive or negative state in which a body reacts to a magnetic, electric, or other field.
2.
the presence or manifestation of two opposite or contrasting principles or tendencies.
3.
Linguistics.
  1. (of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
  2. polar opposition.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; polar + -ity
Related forms
nonpolarity, noun
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  • Due to their nonpolarity, oils do not easily adhere to other substances.
British Dictionary definitions for nonpolarity

polarity

/pəʊˈlærɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the condition of having poles
2.
the condition of a body or system in which it has opposing physical properties at different points, esp magnetic poles or electric charge
3.
the particular state of a part of a body or system that has polarity: an electrode with positive polarity
4.
the state of having or expressing two directly opposite tendencies, opinions, etc
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Word Origin and History for nonpolarity

polarity

n.

1640s, originally of magnets, from polar + -ity.

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nonpolarity in Medicine

polarity po·lar·i·ty (pō-lār'ĭ-tē, pə-)
n.

  1. The property of having two opposite poles, such as those possessed by a magnet, or of having opposite properties or characteristics.

  2. The direction or orientation of positivity relative to negativity.

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nonpolarity in Science
polarity
  (pō-lār'ĭ-tē)   
The condition of having poles or being aligned with or directed toward poles, especially magnetic or electric poles.
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