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"sensitivity" in British English

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sensitivitynoun

uk   /ˌsen.sɪˈtɪv.ə.ti/  us   /ˌsen.səˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/ (also sensitiveness )
(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 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.
(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 kept secret: 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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“sensitivity” in Business English

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