- 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
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Examples from the Web for insensitivity
His subsequent horror at his own insensitivity, of course, provided fodder for a column!The Year in Awful: Worst Columns of 2013
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It is challenging—calling out some Jewish intolerance and insensitivity.What Beinart Overlooks in His 'American Jewish Cocoon' Article
September 4, 2013
Somehow, the Virginia bill became a symbol of right-wing prurience, invasiveness, and insensitivity.As Virginia Ultrasound Rule Fails, Is GOP Seeing Reproductive-Rights Backlash?
February 24, 2012
As Romney fends off attacks on his Mormon faith, he may soon face allegations of insensitivity toward Muslims.Mitt's Muslim Problem
October 12, 2011
There was relish in her voice, as she enjoyed defying the doctor for his insensitivity.Learning to Love a Famous Mother
May 8, 2010
- lacking sensitivity; unfeeling
- lacking physical sensation
- (postpositive foll by to) not sensitive (to) or affected (by)insensitive to radiation
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Word Origin and History for insensitivity
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