Definition of sensitivity in English:

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sensitivity

Pronunciation: /sɛnsɪˈtɪvɪti/

noun (plural sensitivities)

[mass noun]
1The quality or condition of being sensitive: a total lack of common decency and sensitivity [in singular]: he has a sensitivity to cow’s milk
More example sentences
  • In his tribute to Sam, he praised the youngster for his sensitivity, humour, care and love.
  • His birth chart shows a man of great sensitivity, which is a characteristic quality of Pisces.
  • It's about a certain kind of sensibility - fear and sensitivity in the modern world.
Synonyms
susceptibility, vulnerability
rare reactiveness, susceptivity, susceptibleness
consideration, care, thoughtfulness, tact, diplomacy, delicacy, subtlety, finesse, finer feelings;
understanding, empathy, awareness of the feelings of others, soft skills, sensibility, feeling, intuition, intuitiveness, responsiveness, receptivity, receptiveness;
perceptiveness, perception, discernment, insight;
French savoir faire
touchiness, oversensitivity, hypersensitivity, thin skin, defensiveness
informal twitchiness
delicacy, trickiness, awkwardness, difficulty, ticklishness
1.1 (sensitivities) Feelings liable to be offended or hurt; sensibilities: the only rules that matter are practical ones that respect local sensitivities
More example sentences
  • I almost began hoping my nakedness had not offended any Moslem sensitivities.
  • All this may play well to the sensitivities and self-esteem of the far-flung townsfolk in the rest of the country.
  • However, with domestic sensitivities over-riding the communal ethic, they have fallen far behind schedule.

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