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sensitivity

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noun sen·si·tiv·i·ty \ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē\

Simple Definition of sensitivity

  • : 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

Full Definition of sensitivity

plural sen·si·tiv·i·ties

  1. :  the quality or state of being sensitive: asa :  the capacity of an organism or sense organ to respond to stimulation :  irritabilityb :  the quality or state of being hypersensitivec :  the degree to which a radio receiving set responds to incoming wavesd :  the capacity of being easily hurte :  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.



1803

First Known Use of sensitivity

1803


Medical Dictionary

sensitivity

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noun sen·si·tiv·i·ty \ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈtiv-ət-ē\

Medical Definition of sensitivity

plural sen·si·tiv·i·ties

  1. :  the quality or state of being sensitive: asa:  the capacity of an organism or sense organ to respond to stimulation :  irritabilityb:  the quality or state of being hypersensitive





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