- the state or quality of being sensitive; sensitiveness.
- the ability of an organism or part of an organism to react to stimuli; irritability.
- degree of susceptibility to stimulation.
- the ability of a radio device to react to incoming signals, expressed as the minimum input signal required to produce a specified output signal with a given noise level.
- the input, as voltage, current, or the like, required to produce full deflection in an electric measuring device, expressed as the ratio of the response to the magnitude of the input quantity.
Origin of sensitivity
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1. See sensibility.
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Neither individual would go on the record due to the sensitivity of discussing personnel matters.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
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Of course there was no official way to have these interviews given the sensitivity of the topic.
She said the defining characteristic of her husband was his sensitivity.
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They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition
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Valentine Mitchel was, however, a young man of some sensitivity.Gladiator
In vers libre his musical chances are but in sensitivity and invention.Instigations
There are several factors that determine the sensitivity of the method.The Atomic Fingerprint
- the state or quality of being sensitive
- physiol the state, condition, or quality of reacting or being sensitive to an external stimulus, drug, allergen, etc
- electronics the magnitude or time of response of an instrument, circuit, etc, to an input signal, such as a current
- photog the degree of response of an emulsion to light or other actinic radiation, esp to light of a particular colour, expressed in terms of its speed
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Word Origin and History for sensitivity
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- The quality or condition of being sensitive.
- The capacity of an organ or organism to respond to a stimulus.
- The proportion of individuals in a population that will be correctly identified when administered a test designed to detect a particular disease, calculated as the number of true positive results divided by the number of true positive and false negative results.
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