Definition of sensitivity
: 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 in a sentence
I was surprised by her extreme sensitivity about even the smallest suggestions that we made.
This is a matter of great political sensitivity.
He handled the situation with great sensitivity.
Her decision shows a lack of sensitivity.
I would have appreciated a little more sensitivity from you.
First Known Use of sensitivity
SENSITIVITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensitivity for English Language Learners
: 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
SENSITIVITY Defined for Kids
Definition of sensitivity for Students
1 : an awareness and understanding of the feelings of others
2 : the ability to express thoughts and feelings <She sings with great sensitivity.>
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