from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being sensitive.
  • n. The capacity of an organ or organism to respond to stimulation.
  • n. Electronics The degree of response of a receiver or instrument to an incoming signal or to a change in the incoming signal; the signal strength required by an FM tuner to reduce noise and distortion.
  • n. The degree of response of a plate or film to light, especially to light of a specified wavelength.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being sensitive
  • n. The ability of an organism or organ to respond to external stimuli
  • n. The proportion of individuals in a population that will be correctly identified in a binary classification test.
  • n. The degree of response of an instrument to a change in an input signal.
  • n. The degree of response of a film etc. to light of a specified wavelength.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sensitive; -- used chiefly in science and the arts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being sensitive; sensitiveness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
  • n. sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
  • n. (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
  • n. susceptibility to a pathogen
  • n. the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences


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  • While using the term sensitivity for defining one's attributes and features it must be kept in mind that sensitivity is a verb that shows actions and not a noun.


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  • That's a fact, and no amount of wishful thinking or Kum-Bay-Yah New Age sensitivity is going to change that.

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  • In some people their sensitivity is quite highly developed, which enables them to be receptive to information provided by spiritual forces.

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  • Yet it was there, shouting its message of warning through every tissue cell, every nerve quickness and brain sensitivity of him — a totality of sensation that foreboded the ultimate catastrophe of life about which he knew nothing at all, but which, nevertheless, he felt to be the conclusive supreme disaster.



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