sensitivity


sen·si·tiv·i·ty

noun \ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē\

: the tendency to become upset about things that are done to you, are said about you, or relate to you

: the tendency to cause people to be upset

: an awareness and understanding of the feelings of other people

plural sen·si·tiv·i·ties

Full Definition of SENSITIVITY

:  the quality or state of being sensitive: as
a :  the capacity of an organism or sense organ to respond to stimulation :  irritability
b :  the quality or state of being hypersensitive
c :  the degree to which a radio receiving set responds to incoming waves
d :  the capacity of being easily hurt
e :  awareness of the needs and emotions of others <a book written with just the right mix of empathy and sensitivity — L. C. Brown>

Examples of SENSITIVITY

  1. I was surprised by her extreme sensitivity about even the smallest suggestions that we made.
  2. This is a matter of great political sensitivity.
  3. He handled the situation with great sensitivity.
  4. Her decision shows a lack of sensitivity.
  5. I would have appreciated a little more sensitivity from you.

First Known Use of SENSITIVITY

1803

sen·si·tiv·i·ty

noun \ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈtiv-ət-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural sen·si·tiv·i·ties

Medical Definition of SENSITIVITY

: the quality or state of being sensitive: as a : the capacity of an organism or sense organ to respond to stimulation : irritability b : the quality or state of being hypersensitive

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