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sensitive +‎ -ity


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌsɛnsɪˈtɪvɪti/, (rare) /ˈsɛnsɪvəti/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsɛnsəˈtɪvəti/, (rare) /ˈsɛnsɪvəti/


sensitivity (countable and uncountable, plural sensitivities)

  1. The quality or state of being sensitive; sensitiveness.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 3:
      In any event, the incident, and the media attention it attracted, highlights the sensitivity of language politics in Singapore and is reflective of the fact that this sensitivity extends to campus life.
  2. The ability of an organism or organ to respond to external stimuli.
    • 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
      The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
  3. (statistics) The proportion of individuals in a population that will be correctly identified in a binary classification test.
  4. (electronics) The degree of response of an instrument to a change in an input signal.
  5. (photography) The degree of response of a film etc. to light of a specified wavelength.

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