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noun sensitivity pronunciation in British English /ˌsensəˈtɪvəti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the quality of understanding how someone feels and being careful not to offend them
    Delivering bad news requires sensitivity on the doctor’s part.
    sensitivity to: The education system showed no sensitivity to different cultural traditions.
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] a tendency to have a strong physical reaction to something
    sensitivity to: The drug can cause sensitivity to sunlight.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] a tendency to have strong emotional reactions, especially to be offended easily
    1. b.


      [plural] the feelings of someone who may be offended
      We must keep in mind the sensitivities of the victims’ families.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] a situation in which something needs to be dealt with carefully because people could be offended
    We’re very aware of the sensitivity of the issue.


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