Definition of “sensitivity” - English Dictionary

“sensitivity” in British English

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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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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 /ˌsensɪˈtɪvəti/ us

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)