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sen•si•tiv•i•ty(ˌsɛn sɪˈtɪv ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
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.
|Noun||1.||sensitivity - (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
exteroception - sensitivity to stimuli originating outside of the body
interoception - sensitivity to stimuli originating inside of the body
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|
habitus - person's predisposition to be affected by something (as a disease); "the consumptive habitus"
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
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
his sensitivity about his appearance → sa susceptibilité pour tout ce qui touche à son apparence
an issue of great sensitivity → un problème qui revêt un caractère hautement sensible