Definition of sensitivity in US English:

sensitivity

noun

  • 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.’
    • ‘It is around people's awareness and understanding and sensitivity to the needs of people.’
    • ‘It takes a good deal of sensitivity to recognize when the pressure is getting too great.’
    • ‘In his tribute to Sam, he praised the youngster for his sensitivity, humour, care and love.’
    • ‘The author handles controversial exegetical areas with sensitivity and honesty.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's about a certain kind of sensibility - fear and sensitivity in the modern world.’
    • ‘If you are right-handed the chisel goes in the left hand, for sensitivity and intuition.’
    • ‘In itself, elucidation of this sensitivity will be an interesting result of this discussion.’
    • ‘Such people need to be treated with sensitivity and with a very high level of respect.’
    • ‘Have these people no sensitivity to the art form or do they simply want to shock?’
    • ‘Have some of us lost our inherent sensitivity as human beings just to achieve our own ends?’
    • ‘The club's careful handling of their player shows there is acute sensitivity about his future.’
    • ‘His birth chart shows a man of great sensitivity, which is a characteristic quality of Pisces.’
    • ‘No one can deny that great care and sensitivity is needed here by opinion-formers.’
    • ‘It is a sad fact that, when it comes to sensitivity to attack, there is no one so sensitive as a journalist.’
    • ‘He said the issue is a delicate one and needs to be approached with extreme sensitivity.’
    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’
      • ‘To respect local sensitivities, there were religious prohibitions on filming males or females in a state of undress, or in the toilet.’
      • ‘The victim begins to doubt their own sensitivities; they begin to feel crazy.’
      • ‘This reality never once spares the sensitivities of an unsuspecting audience - this is reality warts and all.’
      • ‘Then we continued on to the Blue Lake, where eating and drinking would trample Maori sensitivities, since they regard it as a sacred spot.’
      • ‘I almost began hoping my nakedness had not offended any Moslem sensitivities.’
      • ‘It appears to be a minor outrage to our sensitivities, since we take our family mangoes personally.’
      • ‘However, with domestic sensitivities over-riding the communal ethic, they have fallen far behind schedule.’
      • ‘To get around local sensitivities and Greek Law, the US troops will be operating as part of a NATO force.’
      • ‘This mixture describes not only French feelings but European sensitivities.’
      • ‘The government has to balance that against the sensitivities of the farming community.’
      • ‘Mischaracterizing this process to exploit complex political sensitivities serves no one.’
      • ‘The Marines based there have kept their profile very low because of the religious sensitivities of that town.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Want to see free speech abolished because it offends your delicate sensitivities?’
      • ‘That he has stood on toes and offended some sensitivities along the way was inevitable.’
      • ‘The rich have their desires met without regard to local sensitivities.’
      • ‘He was a pioneer of the holistic approach, who understood the anxieties, aspirations, and sensitivities of his patients.’
      • ‘All this may play well to the sensitivities and self-esteem of the far-flung townsfolk in the rest of the country.’
      • ‘So just different labels which reflect some social and cultural sensitivities and specific features.’

Pronunciation

sensitivity

/ˌsensəˈtivədē//ˌsɛnsəˈtɪvədi/