[ in-sen-si-tiv ]
/ ɪnˈsɛn sɪ tɪv /


deficient in human sensibility, acuteness of feeling, or consideration; unfeeling; callous: an insensitive person.
not physically sensitive: insensitive skin.
not affected by physical or chemical agencies or influences: insensitive to light.
not readily responsive or aware: insensitive to the needs of the peasants.

Origin of insensitive

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

OTHER WORDS FROM insensitive

in·sen·si·tive·ness, in·sen·si·tiv·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for insensitive

/ (ɪnˈsɛnsɪtɪv) /


lacking sensitivity; unfeeling
lacking physical sensation
(postpositive foll by to) not sensitive (to) or affected (by)insensitive to radiation

Derived forms of insensitive

insensitively, adverbinsensitiveness or insensitivity, noun
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