Definition of sensitivity in US English:



  • 1The quality or condition of being sensitive.

    ‘a lack of common decency and sensitivity’
    ‘he has a sensitivity to cow's milk’
    • ‘The company is very pliant and willing, but not without thought or sensitivity.’
    • ‘No one can deny that great care and sensitivity is needed here by opinion-formers.’
    • ‘The club's careful handling of their player shows there is acute sensitivity about his future.’
    • ‘Have some of us lost our inherent sensitivity as human beings just to achieve our own ends?’
    • ‘It is around people's awareness and understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people.’
    • ‘The author handles controversial exegetical areas with sensitivity and honesty.’
    • ‘In his tribute to Sam, he praised the youngster for his sensitivity, humour, care and love.’
    • ‘It is a sad fact that, when it comes to sensitivity to attack, there is no one so sensitive as a journalist.’
    • ‘His birth chart shows a man of great sensitivity, which is a characteristic quality of Pisces.’
    • ‘In itself, elucidation of this sensitivity will be an interesting result of this discussion.’
    • ‘It's done with great sensitivity and style, but the style never overwhelms the content.’
    • ‘We showed a lack of sensitivity to how deferential they are, almost to the point of taking pleasure in grief.’
    • ‘Have these people no sensitivity to the art form or do they simply want to shock?’
    • ‘Not, to my mind, the ideal profession for a woman of her intense sensitivity.’
    • ‘It all adds up to a mammoth change that will need to be handled with care and sensitivity.’
    • ‘If you are right-handed the chisel goes in the left hand, for sensitivity and intuition.’
    • ‘He said the issue is a delicate one and needs to be approached with extreme sensitivity.’
    • ‘It takes a good deal of sensitivity to recognize when the pressure is getting too great.’
    • ‘It's about a certain kind of sensibility - fear and sensitivity in the modern world.’
    • ‘Such people need to be treated with sensitivity and with a very high level of respect.’
    responsiveness, sensitiveness, reactivity
    consideration, care, thoughtfulness, tact, diplomacy, delicacy, subtlety, finesse, finer feelings
    touchiness, oversensitivity, hypersensitivity, thin skin, defensiveness
    delicacy, trickiness, awkwardness, difficulty, ticklishness
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    1. 1.1sensitivities A person's feelings which might be easily offended or hurt; sensibilities.
      ‘the rules that matter are practical ones that respect local sensitivities’
      • ‘All this may play well to the sensitivities and self-esteem of the far-flung townsfolk in the rest of the country.’
      • ‘Want to see free speech abolished because it offends your delicate sensitivities?’
      • ‘This reality never once spares the sensitivities of an unsuspecting audience - this is reality warts and all.’
      • ‘The rich have their desires met without regard to local sensitivities.’
      • ‘Mischaracterizing this process to exploit complex political sensitivities serves no one.’
      • ‘However, with domestic sensitivities over-riding the communal ethic, they have fallen far behind schedule.’
      • ‘Then we continued on to the Blue Lake, where eating and drinking would trample Maori sensitivities, since they regard it as a sacred spot.’
      • ‘The Marines based there have kept their profile very low because of the religious sensitivities of that town.’
      • ‘That he has stood on toes and offended some sensitivities along the way was inevitable.’
      • ‘Still, his aficionado's enthusiasm for Wagner's operas numbs him to the sensitivities and dilemmas of others.’
      • ‘Such circumstances might arise where regional sensitivities preclude the involvement of a particular state.’
      • ‘To get around local sensitivities and Greek Law, the US troops will be operating as part of a NATO force.’
      • ‘So just different labels which reflect some social and cultural sensitivities and specific features.’
      • ‘The victim begins to doubt their own sensitivities; they begin to feel crazy.’
      • ‘The government has to balance that against the sensitivities of the farming community.’
      • ‘I almost began hoping my nakedness had not offended any Moslem sensitivities.’
      • ‘To respect local sensitivities, there were religious prohibitions on filming males or females in a state of undress, or in the toilet.’
      • ‘This mixture describes not only French feelings but European sensitivities.’
      • ‘He was a pioneer of the holistic approach, who understood the anxieties, aspirations, and sensitivities of his patients.’
      • ‘It appears to be a minor outrage to our sensitivities, since we take our family mangoes personally.’