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sen·si·tiv·i·ty

 (sĕn′sĭ-tĭv′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. sen·si·tiv·i·ties
1.
a. The quality or condition of being sensitive: sensitivity to the concerns of others.
b. The capacity to respond to changes in the environment.
2. The degree of response of a receiver or instrument to an incoming signal or to a change in the incoming signal, as in FM radio.
3. The degree of response to light, especially to light of a specified wavelength, as in photographic film.
4. The proportion of individuals in a population with a particular disease or condition that are correctly identified when administered a test for that disease or condition.
5. Biology The response or degree of response, as of a cell, tissue, or organism, to a chemical substance or stimulus, such as a toxin, infectious agent, hormone, allergen, or antigen: insulin sensitivity.

sensitivity

(ˌsɛnsɪˈtɪvɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the state or quality of being sensitive
2. (Stock Exchange) the state or quality of being sensitive
3. (Commerce) the state or quality of being sensitive
4. (Physiology) physiol the state, condition, or quality of reacting or being sensitive to an external stimulus, drug, allergen, etc
5. (usually plural) a tendency to have a strong emotional reaction, esp to be offended or upset
6. (Electronics) electronics the magnitude or time of response of an instrument, circuit, etc, to an input signal, such as a current
7. (Photography) photog the degree of response of an emulsion to light or other actinic radiation, esp to light of a particular colour, expressed in terms of its speed

sen•si•tiv•i•ty

(ˌsɛn sɪˈtɪv ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being sensitive.
2.
a. the ability of an organism or part of an organism to react to stimuli; irritability.
b. degree of susceptibility to stimulation.
3. the ability of a radio or television receiver to respond to incoming signals.
[1795–1805]

Sensitivity

 

close to the bone Deep; near to the heart; to the quick; close to home; also near to the bone. The deeper a physical wound, the closer it is to the bone. The phrase is usually used figuratively of mental or emotional sensation.

to the quick Where one is most sensitive and vulnerable; to the very heart or core; deeply; often cut to the quick. In this phrase the quick means ‘the tender, sensitive flesh of the body, particularly that under the nails.’ The expression dates both in literal and figurative usage from the 1520s, but is commonly used today to denote extreme mental or emotional pain.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sensitivity - (physiology) responsiveness to external stimulisensitivity - (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation; "sensitivity to pain"
sensory faculty, sentiency, sentience, sense, sensation - the faculty through which the external world is apprehended; "in the dark he had to depend on touch and on his senses of smell and hearing"
acuteness - a sensitivity that is keen and highly developed; "dogs have a remarkable acuteness of smell"
hypersensitivity - extreme sensitivity
reactivity, responsiveness - responsive to stimulation
exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
interoception - sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
photosensitivity, radiosensitivity - sensitivity to the action of radiant energy
physiology - the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms
2.sensitivity - the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences; "a galvanometer of extreme sensitivity"; "the sensitiveness of Mimosa leaves does not depend on a change of growth"
physical property - any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
frequency response - (electronics) a curve representing the output-to-input ratio of a transducer as a function of frequency
3.sensitivity - sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
feeling - the experiencing of affective and emotional states; "she had a feeling of euphoria"; "he had terrible feelings of guilt"; "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"
oversensitiveness - sensitivity leading to easy irritation or upset
sensibility - refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions; "cruelty offended his sensibility"
feelings - emotional or moral sensitivity (especially in relation to personal principles or dignity); "the remark hurt his feelings"
4.sensitivity - susceptibility to a pathogen
susceptibility, susceptibleness - the state of being susceptible; easily affected
habitus - person's predisposition to be affected by something (as a disease); "the consumptive habitus"
sensitisation, sensitization - the state of being sensitive (as to an antigen)
hypersensitivity - pathological sensitivity
diathesis - constitutional predisposition to a particular disease or abnormality
5.sensitivity - the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
antenna, feeler - sensitivity similar to that of a receptor organ; "he had a special antenna for public relations"
defensiveness - excessive sensitivity to criticism; "his defensiveness was manifested in hurt silence"; "the fear of being sued for malpractice has magnified physicians' defensiveness"
perceptiveness - the quality of insight and sympathetic understanding
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
insensitiveness, insensitivity - the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment

sensitivity

noun
1. susceptibility, responsiveness, reactivity, receptiveness, sensitiveness, reactiveness the sensitivity of cells to chemotherapy
3. delicacy, difficulty, awkwardness, trickiness, ticklishness the obvious sensitivity of the issue
4. touchiness, defensiveness, thin skin, hypersensitivity, twitchiness, oversensitivity an atmosphere of extreme sensitivity over the situation
5. responsiveness, precision, keenness, acuteness the sensitivity of the detector

sensitivity

noun
1. The capacity for or an act of responding to a stimulus:
2. The quality or condition of being emotionally and intuitively sensitive:
Translations
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sensitivity

[ˌsensɪˈtɪvɪtɪ] N
1. (= emotional awareness) → sensibilidad f (to a)
2. (= touchiness) → susceptibilidad f (to a)
3. (= delicate nature) [of issue, subject] → lo delicado
4. (= confidentiality) [of document, information] → carácter m confidencial, confidencialidad f
5. [of skin, teeth] → sensibilidad f (to a)
6. (= responsiveness) [of instrument, film] → sensibilidad f

sensitivity

[ˌsɛnsɪˈtɪvəti] n
(= caring nature) [person] → sensibilité f
She showed sensitivity and tact → Elle a montré de la sensibilité et du tact.
a lack of sensitivity to the problems of the unemployed → un manque de sensibilité aux problèmes des chômeurs
(= strong feelings) [person] → susceptibilité f
his sensitivity about his appearance → sa susceptibilité pour tout ce qui touche à son apparence
(= delicacy) [skin] → sensibilité f
(= controversial nature) [issue] → caractère m sensible
an issue of great sensitivity → un problème qui revêt un caractère hautement sensible
[instrument] → sensibilité f

sensitivity

n
(emotional) → Sensibilität f, → Empfindsamkeit f; (= getting easily hurt)Empfindlichkeit f; (= understanding)Einfühlsamkeit f; (of novel, film, remark)Einfühlungsvermögen nt
(physical, of instrument, part of body etc) → Empfindlichkeit f; (Phot: of emulsion, film) → Lichtempfindlichkeit f; (= delicacy: of balance, adjustment) → Feinheit f; (fig: of topic, issue) → heikle Natur; sensitivity to heat/lightWärme-/Lichtempfindlichkeit f; an issue of great sensitivityeine sehr heikle Angelegenheit

sensitivity

[ˌsɛnsɪˈtɪvɪtɪ] n (see adj) → sensibilità, delicatezza, suscettibilità

sensitive

(ˈsensitiv) adjective
1. (usually with to) strongly or easily affected (by something). sensitive skin; sensitive to light.
2. (usually with about or to) easily hurt or offended. She is very sensitive to criticism.
3. having or showing artistic good taste. a sensitive writer; a sensitive performance.
ˈsensitively adverb
ˈsensitiveness noun
ˌsensiˈtivity noun

sen·si·tiv·i·ty

n. sensibilidad, susceptibilidad.

sensitivity

n (pl -ties) sensibilidad f
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