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Definition of sensitivity noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. sensitivities)
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    to people's feelings
  1. 1[uncountable] sensitivity (to something) the ability to understand other people's feelings sensitivity to the needs of children She pointed out with tact and sensitivity exactly where he had gone wrong.
  2. to art/music/literature
  3. 2[uncountable] the ability to understand art, music, and literature and to express yourself through them She played with great sensitivity.
  4. being easily upset
  5. 3[uncountable, countable, usually plural] a tendency to be easily offended or upset by something He's a mixture of anger and sensitivity. She was blind to the feelings and sensitivities of other people.
  6. of information/subject
  7. 4[uncountable] the fact of needing to be treated very carefully because it may offend or upset people Confidentiality is important because of the sensitivity of the information.
  8. to food/cold/light, etc.
  9. 5[uncountable, countable, usually plural] (technology) the quality of reacting quickly or more than usual to something food sensitivity allergies and sensitivities Some children develop a sensitivity to cow's milk. The eyes of some fish have a greater sensitivity to light than ours do.
  10. to small changes
  11. 6[uncountable] the ability to measure very small changes the sensitivity of the test
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: sensitivity