excessively or unduly sensitive.

Origin of oversensitive

First recorded in 1840–50; over- + sensitive
Related formso·ver·sen·si·tiv·i·ty, o·ver·sen·si·tive·ness, noun
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Contemporary Examples of oversensitivity

  • Virtually all people with ASD report various types of oversensitivity and intense fear.

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    May 11, 2009

British Dictionary definitions for oversensitivity



excessively responsive to or aware of feelings, reactions, etc
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