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[oh-ver-sen-si-tiv] /ˈoʊ vərˈsɛn sɪ tɪv/
excessively or unduly sensitive.
Origin of oversensitive
First recorded in 1840-50; over- + sensitive
Related forms
oversensitivity, oversensitiveness, noun Unabridged
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  • 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
  • But if ambition is oversensitive, moral indignation is ever consolatory, for it plants us on the Judgement Seat.

  • There were things, too, that troubled the family and made them reserved and inclined to be oversensitive.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8 Charles H. Sylvester
  • The rigorous altitude of intellect in which she was reared served as a corrective to the oversensitive quality of her imagination.

    Turn About Eleanor Ethel M. Kelley
  • The whole self is oversensitive, and the very inflection of a voice has enormous significance.

  • The days that followed were full of emotion for these two people, who were perhaps always ever-serious, oversensitive.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for oversensitive


excessively responsive to or aware of feelings, reactions, etc
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