Is electronegativity quantifiable on an absolute scale?

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Aug 26, 2017

Answer:

Absolutely not...........

Explanation:

#"Electronegativity"# is conceived to be the ability of an atom involved in a chemical bond to polarize electron density towards itself. There are various scales, of which the #"Pauling scale"# was one of the earliest, and is still most widely used.

Pauling originally used ionization enthalpies, and electron affinities, measurable atomic properties, which he then normalized to give a useful scale that gave a dimensionless quantity, #chi#, that varied between #0# and #4#.