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noun     sensitivity pronunciation in British English
/ˌsensəˈtɪvəti/
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pluralsensitivities
  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.

    1. a.
      the quality of understanding something and being careful not to do anything that harms or damages it

      The church has been restored with great sensitivity.

  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. a.
      a natural understanding of something, and a natural reaction to it
      sensitivity to:

      his sensitivity to music

    2. b.

      sensitivities

      [plural] the feelings of someone who may be offended

      We must keep in mind the sensitivities of the victimsfamilies.

  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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