sen|si|tiv|i|ty [ˌsensıˈtıvıti] n plural sensitivities
1¦(understanding people)¦
3¦(body's reaction)¦
4¦(easily offended)¦
5 sensitivities
6¦(art/music etc)¦
7¦(reaction to changes)¦
8¦(reaction to new situations)¦
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.
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.
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
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
the fact of quickly reacting to new situations
the market's price sensitivity

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