Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sensitivity”

See all translations

sensitivity

noun  /ˌsen·səˈtɪv·ɪ·t̬i/ us  

sensitivity noun (TENDENCY TO BE UPSET)

[U/C] the tendency to become upset about things: [U] He didn’t want to say anything because of Susan's sensitivity. [C] He tried to avoid offending their sensitivities.

sensitivity noun (PHYSICAL REACTION)

[C/U] ( also sensitiveness,  /ˈsen·sət̬·ɪv·nəs/) the quality of being easily influenced, changed, or damaged, esp. by a physical activity or effect: [C] Many people have food sensitivities or allergies.

sensitivity noun (CAREFUL TREATMENT)

[U] the quality of needing to be treated with care or secrecy: This issue needs to be approached with special sensitivity.

sensitivity noun (UNDERSTANDING)

[U] an awareness and understanding, esp. of other people's feelings and needs: A good teacher has enthusiasm, intelligence, and sensitivity to studentsneeds.
Translations of “sensitivity”
in Korean 예민함, 민감함…
in Arabic حَساسِيّة…
in Portuguese sensibilidade…
in Catalan sensibilitat, susceptibilitat…
in Japanese 繊細さ, 敏感さ…
in Italian sensibilità…
in Chinese (Traditional) 和善, 善解人意的, 體貼的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 和善, 善解人意的, 体贴的…
(Definition of sensitivity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of sensitivity?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sensitivity” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More