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[si-lek-tiv-i-tee, see-lek-] /sɪ lɛkˈtɪv ɪ ti, ˌsi lɛk-/
the state or quality of being selective.
Electricity. the property of a circuit, instrument, or the like, by virtue of which it can distinguish oscillations of a particular frequency.
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
1900-05; selective + -ity Unabridged
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  • The colleges affected by the ban could change from year to year as their selectivity changes.
  • He also controlled for differences in the selectivity of the colleges.
  • Fluorescence is increasingly being touted as the future of clinical imaging due to its selectivity.
  • As a college degree has become a requirement for a well paid job the selectivity of colleges has gone down.
  • They exercise selectivity, whether they are shopping at auction houses or chain stores.
  • For hundreds of years, they say, the historical record has tended to be somewhat elitist because of its selectivity.
British Dictionary definitions for selectivity


the state or quality of being selective
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
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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