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English definition of “sensitivity”

sensitivity

noun (UPSETTING)    /ˌsen.sɪˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/ US  /-səˈtɪv.ə.t̬i/ (also sensitiveness)
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 .Bad-temperedMaking people sad, shocked and upset [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.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
(Definition of sensitivity noun (UPSETTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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