Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The property or character of being sensitive; especially, tendency or disposition to be easily influenced or affected by external objects, events, or circumstances: as, abnormal sensitiveness; the sensitiveness of a balance or some fine mechanism.
- n. The ability to perceive sensation.
- n. The ability to be aware of (and, usually, react with regard to) the feelings of others.
- n. sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
- n. (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
- n. the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
- n. the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences
- From sensitive + -ness (Wiktionary)
“His great sensitiveness is touchingly shown in his representation of this first contact with the Lord; the circumstances are present to him in the minutest details; he still remembers the Very hour.”
“‘Yes; — but the worst of it is, that when they suffer from this weakness, which you call sensitiveness, they think that they are made of finer material than other people.”
“Yes; -- but the worst of it is, that when they suffer from this weakness, which you call sensitiveness, they think that they are made of finer material than other people.”
“The term “allergy” can be defined as the sensitiveness of body to a particular food, substance or odour which primarily does not affect other persons.”
“Their sensitiveness is a thing we have been trained, for self-defence, to repress.”
“It might be a mere fancy springing from a jealous sensitiveness, which is disappointed if it be not paid in the full measure of its own coin.”
“The French call sensitiveness to insignificant and worthless things, the German way of quarreling (faire querelle d'allemand).”
“But in ascending the series from simple twiners to leaf-climbers, an important quality is added, namely sensitiveness to a touch, by which means the foot-stalks of the leaves or flowers, or these modified and converted into tendrils, are excited to bend round and clasp the touching object.”
“The Japanese desire to conform to the customs and appearances of those about him is due to what I have called sensitiveness; his success is due to the flexibility of his mental constitution.”
“His sensitiveness was a disease, his pride was the only thing that kept him going; his love of her, strong as it was, would be drowned in an imagined shame!”
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