- endowed with sensation; having perception through the senses.
- readily or excessively affected by external agencies or influences.
- having acute mental or emotional sensibility; aware of and responsive to the feelings of others.
- easily pained, annoyed, etc.
- pertaining to or connected with the senses or sensation.
- Physiology. having a low threshold of sensation or feeling.
- responding to stimuli, as leaves that move when touched.
- highly responsive to certain agents, as photographic plates, films, or paper.
- affected or likely to be affected by a specified stimulus (used in combination): price-sensitive markets.
- involving work, duties, or information of a highly secret or delicate nature, especially in government: a sensitive position in the State Department.
- requiring tact or caution; delicate; touchy: a sensitive topic.
- constructed to indicate, measure, or be affected by small amounts or changes, as a balance or thermometer.
- Radio. easily affected by external influences, especially by radio waves.
- a person who is sensitive.
- a person with psychic powers; medium.
Origin of sensitive
Related Words for sensitivetricky, precise, tense, keen, susceptible, nervous, receptive, conscious, touchy, perceptive, unstable, delicate, responsive, emotional, hypersensitive, painful, knowing, seeing, acute, psychic
Examples from the Web for sensitive
Contemporary Examples of sensitive
And the Gävle Goat, apparently a sensitive creature, took the destruction hard.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
The expo is introduced by Mayor Anne Hildalgo, who describes it as a “sensitive reading of the upheavals in French society.”A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
But they are also sensitive to pressure and attention from the West.The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays
December 10, 2014
On the show, we had to find a way to navigate that in a sensitive way.Natalie Dormer Talks ‘Hunger Games,’ Feminism, and Why ‘Game of Thrones’ Needs More Dick
November 21, 2014
Sensitive subjects are met with a short burst of laughter, and serious answers are sandwiched between a piercing gaze.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo
November 6, 2014
Historical Examples of sensitive
"Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
For a man's heart is sensitive in proportion to its greatness.
Had Cornelius been sensitive, he must have felt he was omitted.Weighed and Wanting
Her sensitive nostrils dilated, her brain worked like a machine.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
He was a sensitive man, and did not realize that others were sometimes as shy as himself.In the Midst of Alarms
- having the power of sensation
- responsive to or aware of feelings, moods, reactions, etc
- easily irritated; delicatesensitive skin
- affected by external conditions or stimuli
- easily offended
- of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
- capable of registering small differences or changes in amounts, quality, etca sensitive instrument
- photog having a high sensitivitya sensitive emulsion
- connected with matters affecting national security, esp through access to classified information
- (of a stock market or prices) quickly responsive to external influences and thus fluctuating or tending to fluctuate
Word Origin for sensitive
Word Origin and History for sensitive
late 14c., in reference to the body or its parts, "having the function of sensation;" also (early 15c.) "pertaining to the faculty of the soul that receives and analyzes sensory information;" from Old French sensitif "capable of feeling" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin sensitivus "capable of sensation," from Latin sensus, past participle of sentire "feel perceive" (see sense (n.)).
Meaning "easily affected" (with reference to mental feelings) first recorded 1816; meaning "having intense physical sensation" is from 1849. Original meaning is preserved in sensitive plant (1630s), which is "mechanically irritable in a higher degree than almost any other plant" [Century Dictionary]. Meaning "involving national security" is recorded from 1953. Related: Sensitively; sensitiveness.
- 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.