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sensitivity

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

sensitivity noun (KINDNESS)

C1 [C or U] an ability to understand what other people need, and be helpful and kind to them: The police showed commendable sensitivity in their handling of the case.

sensitivity noun (UPSETTING)

C1 [U or C usually pl] the quality of being easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people 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 avoid upsetting people: Such is the sensitivity of the information that only two people are allowed to know it.

sensitivity noun (REACTING EASILY)

[U or C] having a strong physical reaction to something: One of the side effects of the drug is an increased sensitivity to sunlight. [U] the ability to record small changes in weight, temperature, etc.: The sensitivity of the machine provides us with extremely accurate data.
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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