sensitive

[ sen-si-tiv ]
/ ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv /

adjective

noun

a person who is sensitive.
a person with psychic powers; medium.

Nearby words

  1. sensible,
  2. sensible horizon,
  3. sensible perspiration,
  4. sensibly,
  5. sensillum,
  6. sensitive fern,
  7. sensitive plant,
  8. sensitively,
  9. sensitiveness,
  10. sensitivity

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 Formssensitively, adverbsensitiveness, noun

Word Origin for sensitive

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

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Word Origin and History for sensitive

sensitive

adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine 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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