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Definition of Electronegativity

Electronegativity Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
General Chemistry Glossary
electronegativity - Compare with ionization energy and electron affinity .Electronegativity is a measure of the attraction an atom has for bonding electrons. Bonds between atoms with different electronegativities are polar, with the bonding electrons spending more time on average around the atom with higher electronegativity.
Electronegativity Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Electronegativity, symbol χ, is a chemical property that describes the tendency of an atom or a functional group to attract electrons (or electron density) towards itself. An atom's electronegativity is affected by both its atomic number and the distance at which its valence electrons reside from the charged nucleus. The higher the associated electronegativity number, the more an element or compound attracts electrons towards it. First proposed by Linus Pauling in 1932 as a development of valence bond theory, it has been shown to correlate with a number of other chemical properties. Electronegativity cannot be directly measured and must be calculated from other atomic or molecular properties. Several methods of calculation have been proposed, and although there may be small differences in the numerical values of the electronegativity, all methods show the same periodic trends between elements.

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Electronegativity Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
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1. (chemistry) the tendency of an atom or radical to attract electrons in the formation of an ionic bond
(synonym) negativity
(hypernym) tendency, inclination
(classification) chemistry, chemical science