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sensitivity

noun  us   /ˌsen·səˈtɪv·ɪ·t̬i/

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…
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