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[ in-sen-si-tiv ]


  1. deficient in human sensibility, acuteness of feeling, or consideration; unfeeling; callous:

    an insensitive person.

  2. not physically sensitive:

    insensitive skin.

  3. not affected by physical or chemical agencies or influences:

    insensitive to light.

  4. not readily responsive or aware:

    insensitive to the needs of the peasants.


/ ɪnˈsɛnsɪtɪv /


  1. lacking sensitivity; unfeeling
  2. lacking physical sensation
  3. postpositivefoll byto not sensitive (to) or affected (by)

    insensitive to radiation

“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • inˈsensitively, adverb
  • inˈsensitiveness, noun
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Other Words From

  • in·sensi·tive·ness in·sensi·tivi·ty noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of insensitive1

First recorded in 1600–10; in- 3 + sensitive
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Example Sentences

Many marketers have paused campaigns or adjusted their paid advertising strategies to ensure they’re not striking potential customers at the wrong time with insensitive messaging.

She didn't say anything about it in the moment, but then later sent me an email detailing health problems she's had related to insomnia and telling me she thought I was insensitive.

While the fear of an insensitive or poorly placed ad going viral isn’t a realistic possibility for most brands, the question of whether audiences are in the right mindset to be marketed to is one that every advertiser should ask.

It’s usually a centralized process that’s insensitive to minute changes in the environment.

At worst, these flawed standards will lead to more AI systems and tools that perpetuate existing biases and are insensitive to local cultures.

Many of the agents were insensitive and crass, shouting insults and expletives at the detainees in Spanish.

We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive.

“Amendment 1” seems to protect bullying on social media and insensitive and hurtful speech as well.

When Sara took her case before a panel of faculty members, she said she found them combative and insensitive.

The series features an actress navigating the racially insensitive landscape of mainstream Hollywood.

Though Nigel was enthusiastic and determined, he was not insensitive to what was passing in the mind of one he admired and liked.

The mucous membranes become dry and insensitive, especially those of the fauces.

The Kinghampstead division remained for some time insensitive to my defection.

Its pivot had been destroyed in transit and Correll had replaced it by a gramophone needle, which was found too insensitive.

Sometimes he becomes wholly insensitive in some part of his body via a nerve bloc.