sensitivity

sensitivity
sen|si|tiv|i|ty [ˌsensıˈtıvıti] n plural sensitivities
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1¦(understanding people)¦
2¦(situation/subject)¦
3¦(body's reaction)¦
4¦(easily offended)¦
5 sensitivities
6¦(art/music etc)¦
7¦(reaction to changes)¦
8¦(reaction to new situations)¦
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1.) ¦(UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE)¦ [singular, U]
the ability to understand other people's feelings and problems
His comments show a lack of sensitivity.
Interviewing victims of crime must be done with sensitivity.
a teacher with great sensitivity
sensitivity to
She has always shown a sensitivity to audience needs and tastes.
2.) ¦(SITUATION/SUBJECT)¦[U]
when a situation or subject needs to be dealt with carefully because it is secret or may offend people
It's a matter of great political sensitivity.
3.) ¦(BODY'S REACTION)¦ [U and C]
when someone reacts badly to a particular food, substance, animal etc and becomes ill
food sensitivity
sensitivity to
Many children have a sensitivity to cow's milk.
4.) ¦(EASILY OFFENDED)¦[U]
when someone is easily upset or offended by things that people say
5.) sensitivities [plural]
someone's feelings and the fact that they could be upset or offended
racial sensitivities
6.) [U and C] ¦(ART/MUSIC ETC)¦
the quality of being able to express emotions through art, literature etc
7.) ¦(REACTION TO CHANGES)¦[U]
the ability to react to very small changes in light, heat, movement etc
The sensitivity of the detector can be increased.
a disease that affects the sensitivity of nerve-endings
8.) ¦(REACTION TO NEW SITUATIONS)¦ [U and C]
the fact of quickly reacting to new situations
the market's price sensitivity

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