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"sensitivity" in British English

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sensitivitynoun

uk   /ˌsen.sɪˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/  us   /-səˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/ (also sensitiveness )
  • sensitivity noun (UPSETTING)

C1 [U or C usually pl] the ​quality of being ​easilyupset by the things ​people say or do, or ​causingpeople to be ​upset, ​embarrassed, or ​angry: I should have ​warned you about her sensitivity to ​criticism. [U] the ​fact of a ​situation, ​subject, etc. ​needing to be ​dealt with ​carefully in ​order to ​avoidupsettingpeople: Such is the sensitivity of the ​information that only two ​people are ​allowed to ​know it.
(Definition of sensitivity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"sensitivity" in American English

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sensitivitynoun

 us   /ˌsen·səˈtɪv·ɪ·t̬i/
  • sensitivity noun (TENDENCY TO BE UPSET)

[U/C] the ​tendency to ​becomeupset about things: [U] He didn’t ​want to say anything because of Susan's sensitivity. [C] He ​tried to ​avoidoffendingtheir sensitivities.
  • sensitivity noun (PHYSICAL REACTION)

[C/U] (also sensitiveness,  /ˈsen·sət̬·ɪv·nəs/ ) the ​quality of being ​easilyinfluenced, ​changed, or ​damaged, esp. by a ​physicalactivity 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 ​issueneeds 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 ​students’ ​needs.
(Definition of sensitivity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"sensitivity" in Business English

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sensitivitynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˌsensɪˈtɪvəti/
the ​quality of being easily ​influenced or affected by something: The ​preference may be for ​stocks with less interest-rate sensitivity.
the fact of a ​subject, ​situation, etc. needing to be dealt with carefully or ​keptsecret: He spoke anonymously because of the sensitivity of the ​issue.
an ​ability to understand what other ​people need, and be helpful to them: As a ​manager, she ​handles inter-personal ​issues with great sensitivity.
(Definition of sensitivity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sensitivity”
in Arabic حَساسِيّة…
in Korean 예민함, 민감함…
in Portuguese sensibilidade…
in Catalan sensibilitat, susceptibilitat…
in Japanese 繊細さ, 敏感さ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 和善, 善解人意的, 体贴的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 和善, 善解人意的, 體貼的…
in Italian sensibilità…
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