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sensitivity

noun
     
sen‧si‧tiv‧i‧ty plural sensitivities
1

understanding people

[singular, uncountable] 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

[uncountable] 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

[uncountable and countable] 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

[uncountable] 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 [uncountable and countable]

art/music etc

the quality of being able to express emotions through art, literature etc
7

reaction to changes

[uncountable] the ability to react to very small changes in light, heat, movement etc:
The sensitivity of the detector can be increased.
8

reaction to new situations

[uncountable and countable] the fact of quickly reacting to new situations:
the market's price sensitivity

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