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sensitive

[ sen-si-tiv ]
/ ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv /
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adjective
noun
a person who is sensitive.
a person with psychic powers; medium.

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Origin of sensitive

1350–1400; <Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus, irregular formation on Latin sēns-, past participle stem of sentīre to sense (see -ive); replacing Middle English sensitif(e) <Middle French sensitif, sensitive<Medieval Latin, as above

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British Dictionary definitions for sensitive

sensitive
/ (ˈsɛnsɪtɪv) /

adjective

Derived forms of sensitive

sensitively, adverbsensitiveness, noun

Word Origin for sensitive

C14: from Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus, from Latin sentīre to feel
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

Medical definitions for sensitive

sensitive
[ sĕnsĭ-tĭv ]

adj.
Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses.
Responsive to a stimulus.
Susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others.
Easily irritated or inflamed, especially due to previous exposure to an antigen.
Relating to, or characterizing a sensitized antigen.
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