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oversensitive

[oh-ver-sen-si-tiv]
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adjective
  1. excessively or unduly sensitive.

Origin of oversensitive

First recorded in 1840–50; over- + sensitive
Related formso·ver·sen·si·tiv·i·ty, o·ver·sen·si·tive·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for oversensitive

Historical Examples

  • This may seem to be unnatural, arising from an oversensitive and morbid state of mind.

    Some Noble Sisters

    Edmund Lee

  • My nature, unhappily, is an oversensitive one, and is apt to be affected by trifles.

    Vendetta

    Marie Corelli

  • Neither she nor her brothers understood their oversensitive relative.

    Against the Current

    Edward A. Steiner

  • But then, I thought, all this may be because I'm oversensitive.

    Steel

    Charles Rumford Walker

  • I know the value of correct dressing, and I am not oversensitive.

    A Woman of the World

    Ella Wheeler Wilcox


British Dictionary definitions for oversensitive

oversensitive

adjective
  1. excessively responsive to or aware of feelings, reactions, etc
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