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sensitivity Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
    sensitiveness; sensibility.
    • sensitivity to pain
  2. noun 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
  3. noun sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
  4. noun susceptibility to a pathogen
  5. noun the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment

Sen`si*tiv"i*ty noun
  1. The quality or state of being sensitive; -- used chiefly in science and the arts; as, the sensitivity of iodized silver.
    Sensitivity and emotivity have also been used as the scientific term for the capacity of feeling. Hickok.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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