from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being expressive.
  • n. Genetics The degree to which an expressed gene produces its effects in an organism.

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  • n. The quality of being expressive.
  • n. The degree to which a gene affects or can affect an organism.


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expressive +‎ -ity


  • This suggestion raises the specter of an ˜error theory™ of music's expressivity, that is, a theory that all claims of emotional expressivity in music are strictly false.

    The Philosophy of Music

  • This range of moods, from exaltation to the slough of despond, is entirely appropriate for the 24 Preludes and Fugues — a kind of expressivity rarely matched by the Russian pianists who recorded excerpts from the work, from the overimposing monumentality of Sviatoslav Richter to the dignified, restrained lyricism of Emil Gilels.

    From Despair to Delight

  • While the exhibition catalogue rhapsodizes about the "expressivity" of the paintings of scenes of battle, hunting and fishing, seeing these items is the visceral equivalent of learning that Greek and Roman statues and temples were originally painted in bright tones.

    Afghan Antiquity

  • The "hearts" and "love" that dot his texts and titles have a generic Valentine-card feel to them, but the passions and pulsations that animate his choreography ring with power and expressivity.

    Earthly Figures in the Clouds

  • Her warm and surprisingly sizable voice came bursting forth and she is no wall flower in the expressivity department.

    Local girl makes good

  • Affecting and cohesive, it is performed with powerful expressivity and é lan by Mr. J ä rvi and his musicians.


  • "She sang with uncommon richness, expressivity, and honesty... she captured both the dignity and despair of the character."

    Susan Dormady Eisenberg: Soprano Patricia Racette Talks About Tosca as Washington National Opera Launches its Fall Season

  • Whatever the reason, there is a wide gap between the expressivity of the puppets in "War Horse" and that of certain of their companion humans.

    Manipulated Puppets, Manipulated Tears

  • Its quartet of couples confronted and intrigued the audience by way of ballet's athleticism and expressivity.

    With Little to Cheer Besides Balanchine

  • His rich middle and low ranges were beautifully on display, however, and he brought a contemplative expressivity to the Strauss, especially the heartrending "Befreit."

    Of Gods And Monsters


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