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po•lar•i•ty



Pronunciation: (pō-lar'i-tē, pu-), [key]
n.
1. Physics.
a. the property or characteristic that produces unequal physical effects at different points in a body or system, as a magnet or storage battery.
b. 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. Ling.
a. (of words, phrases, or sentences) positive or negative character.
b. polar opposition.

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