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1. The capacity to detect and discriminate. 2. The probability that a test gives a positive diagnosis given that a person actually has a condition. 3. Physiology. The ability a cell or tissue has to respond to changes in its environment. Also called irritability.4. Emotional awareness. 5. Responsiveness to a feeling of others.

SENSITIVITY: "Joe has a sensitivity towards Lyn when she is upset."

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