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Definition of the noun sensitivity

What does sensitivity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sensitivities

  1. (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
  2. the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences
    • example: a galvanometer of extreme sensitivity
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of sensitivity: sensitiveness
    • more generic term: physical property = any property used to characterize matter and energy and their interactions
    • more specific term: frequency response = a curve representing the output-to-input ratio of a transducer as a function of frequency
    • attributes:
  3. sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonym of sensitivity: sensitiveness
    • more generic word: feeling = the experiencing of affective and emotional states
    • more specific words:
    • attributes:
      • sensitive = being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
      • insensitive = deficient in human sensibility
  4. susceptibility to a pathogen
  5. the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of sensitivity: sensitiveness
    • antonym of sensitivity: insensitivity
    • more generic word: ability = the quality of being able to perform
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun sensitivity


  1. The quality of being sensitive
  2. The ability of an organism or organ to respond to external stimuli
  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.

Specialised definition of the noun sensitivity

Glossary of sports

the fact of being able to detect and respond to an outside stimulus (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the rate of positive responses in a test from persons with a specific disease. A high rate of sensitivity means a low rate of people being incorrectly classed as negative. Compare specificity (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Sensitivity" is the title of a number-one R&B single by Ralph Tresvant. It was the first single from the self-titled debut album of the New Edition frontman since the split of the group. The hit song spent one week at number one on the US R&B chart. It also reached number four on the US pop chart and number eighteen in the UK.In 2005, British electronic duo Lemon Jelly sampled "Sensitivity" in their track '90 - A Man Like Me. In October 2004 "Sensitivity" appeared in popular videogame Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on R&B/Soul radio station CSR 103.9. The song is also known for being covered by legendary Tejano singer Selena, who performed it with her band Los Dinos on April 7, 1991 in San Antonio, Texas.
  2. "Sensitivity" is the fourth single from music group The Shapeshifters. The song features disco group Chic and entered the UK Singles Chart at #40, its peak position. However, it did make an appearance on UK hits album Now That's What I Call Music! 64.
  3. "Sensitivity" is the 2006 single by Shapeshifters.


  1. The sensitivity or insensitivity of a human, often considered with regard to a particular kind of stimulus, is the strength of the feeling it results in, in comparison with the strength of the stimulus. The concept applies to physical as well as emotional feeling. Stimulus may consist of any or all types of stimuli, including political, nationalistic, religious, physical, mental, emotional, etc. In the political sense, perception of and reaction to stimuli is often inculcated by - and for the benefit of - power holders.
  2. The sensitivity of an electronic device, such as a communications system receiver, or detection device, such as a PIN diode, is the minimum magnitude of input signal required to produce a specified output signal having a specified signal-to-noise ratio, or other specified criteria.
    • also known as Чутливість
  3. Sensitivity: The controller parameters are typically matched to the process characteristics and since the process may change, it is important that the controller parameters are chosen in such a way that the closed loop system is not sensitive to variations in process dynamics.
  4. Sensitivity of explosives is the degree to which an explosive can be initiated by impact, heat, or friction.

Phrases with Sensitivity

  1. Case sensitivity
  2. Case-Sensitivity
  3. Chemical Sensitivity
  4. Multiple chemical sensitivity

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Sensitivity

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Google previewSystem-specific PI Control Theory for Fluid and Motion Systems (2006)

by Kalman I. Krakow

Acceleration sensitivity is a property rate sensitivity for velocity control. actuator - An actuator is a positional motor or...

capacity sensitivity - The capacity sensitivity is the derivative of the modulated capacity with respect to the ...

Google previewGrowing Young (1989)

by Ashley Montagu

The remarkable thing about sensitivity is that once acquired it seems to work almost automatically, literally in a second or...

Google previewOski's Essential Pediatrics (2004)

by Michael Crocetti, Michael A. Barone, Frank A. Oski

Sensitivity is the likelihood that a test will be positive in the presence of a targeted disease. Sensitivity is A/(A + C) (Fig. 5-1). Test sensitivity is critical in screening for asymptomatic disease and ruling out specific diagnoses. When A is large ...

Google previewMarket Research Methodologies: Multi-Method and Qualitative Approaches (2014)

Multi-Method and Qualitative Approaches by Takhar-Lail, Amandeep

Theoretical sensitivity refers to the point that a researcher has to have enough knowledge on the research field before entering that.

In fact, theoretical sensitivity means that a researcher does the research by having an open mind and not an empty one.

Theoretical sensitivity is a mutual and amazing interaction between the researcher and data during which, the understanding of what has been ...

Google previewBasic Clinical Radiobiology, Fifth Edition (2016)

by Michael C. Joiner, Albert van der Kogel

Test sensitivity is the proportion of individuals who were given the test, have the condition (impairment) and were detected by the test. Screen sensitivity is the proportion of individuals who completed the screen who have the condition ...

Google previewThe Technician's Radio Receiver Handbook (2001)

Wireless and Telecommunication Technology by Joseph Carr

Sensitivity Receiver sensitivity is a measure of how well the receiver picks up very weak signals. As with most engineering measurements, the notion of sensitivity is an operational definition.

Although some definitions use 6, 12, or 20 dB, the standard for practical sensitivity is the signal level that produces a 10 dB SNR.

Google previewThe Complete Guide to Climate Change (2008)

by Brian Dawson, Matt Spannagle

SENSITIVITY Climate sensitivity is a term used to describe the relationship between the rise in atmospheric...

Google previewNoninferiority Testing in Clinical Trials (2014)

Issues and Challenges by Tie-Hua Ng

states, “Assay sensitivity is a property of a clinical trial defined as the ability to distinguish an effective treatment...

Google previewGastrointestinal Cancer (2007)

by Jaffer A. Ajani, Steven A. Curley, Nora A. Janjan, Patrick M. Lynch

Sensitivity is the ratio of persons with the disease having positive test results to all subjects with disease.

From this it can be seen that the most critical factor in determining sensitivity is the rate of false negatives—that is, those persons with ...

Google previewMicrowave & Wireless Communications Technology (1997)

by Joseph J. Carr

Sensitivity is a measure of the receiver's ability to pick up (detect) signals, and is usually specified in microvolts (mV). A typical specification might be "0.5 mV sensitivity." The question to ask is: "Relative to what ...

Google previewCommunity Health and Wellness (2011)

Primary Health Care in Practice by Anne McMurray, Jill Clendon

Cultural sensitivity means being responsive to the way an individual or group's cultural mores and lifestyle habits shape health and health behaviours. Cultural safety is a concept that refers to exploring, reflecting on and understanding one's ...



Sensitivity is a measure of explosive to initiate explosion. Sensitivity is affected by the ingredients...

Sensitivity is the ability of a product to propagate detonation along its column length once it is initiated. There are numerous ...

Google preview49th Conference on Glass Problems (2009)

Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 10 by John B. Wachtman

Simply, the gob weight sensitivity is the percentage weight gain of the gob per percentage of stroke error in hummock position. Figure 6 shows a rise with...

Gob weight sensitivity is a qualitative measure of hummock control. Experience by the ...

Google previewPass Ultrasound Physics Study Guide Notes Volume I and II - PDF Edition (2014)

by Mansoor Khan MBBS, RDMS, RDCS

Sensitivity is the ability of an ultrasound system to identify and display weak or low amplitude echoes. Minimum system sensitivity Minimum system sensitivity is the ability of an ultrasound system to display smallest low amplitude ...

Google previewRevised assessment of detection and quantitation approaches

Sensitivity is a performance characteristic, but it differs from detection limits.

Google previewPET (2006)

Physics, Instrumentation, and Scanners by Michael E. Phelps

Thus, system sensitivity is a key factor in obtaining high-quality images. The system sensitivity is defined as the number of events (in counts per second) detected per unit of radioactive concentration (cps/Bq/ml) in a specific phantom.

Google previewThe Immunoassay Handbook (2013)

Theory and Applications of Ligand Binding, ELISA and Related Techniques by David Wild

Assay sensitivity is the imprecision of measurement at zero concentration.

Although assay sensitivity is an unreliable measure of the analyte detection limit capability of an assay, it is a very useful troubleshooting parameter as it is normally ...

Google previewThe American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology (1921)

by Casey Albert Wood

With this in mind, most of the allied nations require special tests for retinal sensitivity.” Cobb has pointed out the need for ascertaining the photometric value of the objects to which the night fiyer is exposed. Among these one has to consider the ...

Google previewDictionary of Global Climate Change (2008)

Pre-existing sensitivity of human systems is one determinant of the nature and extent of climate impacts, and certain natural and social systems will exhibit a special vulnerability to particular changes. Such differential vulnerability is often ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

SENSITIVITY ANALYSIS A method to determine the ROBUSTNESS of an assessment by examining the extent to which results are affected by changes in methods, models, values of unmeasured variables, or assumptions.1,3,7,733,734 The ...

Google previewBlack's Veterinary Dictionary (2001)

by Edward Boden

Sensitivity. to. People handling penicillin suffer a risk of sensitisation, shown by skin lesions. There is danger in the use of milk containing penicillin (e.g. milk from quarters of the udder treated for mastitis), especially in people sensitised to ...

Google previewComprehensive Dictionary of Audiology (2003)

by Brad A. Stach

hearing loss, heredodegenerative hearing loss, heredodegenerative hearing loss of genetic origin, with onset after birth hearing loss, high-frequency nonspecific term referring to hearing sensitivity loss occurring at frequencies above ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of GIS (2007)

by Shashi Shekhar, Hui Xiong

Local Sensitivity Analysis XIAOBO ZHOU, HENRY LIN Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA Localization, Cooperative NEAL PATWARI Department of Electrical and Computer ...

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Quotes about Sensitivity

A great novel heightens your senses and sensitivity to the complexities of life and of individuals, and prevents you from the self-righteousness that sees morality in fixed cormulas about good and evil. (Azar Nafisi)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 17 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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