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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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  • The whole self is oversensitive, and the very inflection of a voice has enormous significance.

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

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

    A Woman of the World Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • But then, I thought, all this may be because I'm oversensitive.

    Steel Charles Rumford Walker
  • Neither she nor her brothers understood their oversensitive relative.

    Against the Current Edward A. Steiner
  • 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
  • Had you been self-depreciating and oversensitive, what I said would have turned you from that field of effort.

    A Woman of the World Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • The days that followed were full of emotion for these two people, who were perhaps always ever-serious, oversensitive.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • But if ambition is oversensitive, moral indignation is ever consolatory, for it plants us on the Judgement Seat.

  • In her childhood she suffered continually because of this oversensitive nature.

    Beatrice Leigh at College Julia Augusta Schwartz
British Dictionary definitions for oversensitive


excessively responsive to or aware of feelings, reactions, etc
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