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[fi-del-i-tee, fahy-]
noun, plural fidelities.
strict observance of promises, duties, etc.: a servant's fidelity.
loyalty: 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.

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

nonfidelity, noun
unfidelity, noun, plural unfidelities.

2. See loyalty. 5. precision, faithfulness, rigor, meticulousness.

2. disloyalty.
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fidelity (fɪˈdɛlɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  devotion to duties, obligations, etc; faithfulness
2.  loyalty or devotion, as to a person or cause
3.  faithfulness to one's spouse, lover, etc
4.  adherence to truth; accuracy in reporting detail
5.  electronics See also high fidelity the degree to which the output of a system, such as an amplifier or radio, accurately reproduces the characteristics of the input signal
[C15: from Latin fidēlitās, from fidēlis faithful, from fidēs faith, loyalty]

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Word Origin & History

1494, from M.Fr. fidélité, from L. fidelitatem (nom. fidelitas) "faithfulness, adherence," from fidelis "faithful," from fides "faith" (see faith).
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