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.
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.
- sen·si·tive·ly, adverb
- non·sen·si·tive, adjective
- non·sen·si·tive·ly, adverb
- non·sen·si·tive·ness, noun
- ul·tra·sen·si·tive, adjective
- ul·tra·sen·si·tive·ly, adverb
- un·sen·si·tive, adjective
- un·sen·si·tive·ly, adverb
- un·sen·si·tive·ness, noun
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How to use sensitive in a sentence
For example biometric data is something that’s seen as highly sensitive under the LGPD, but in the decree could still be shared between bodies.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state | Anthony Green | September 16, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
All, I think Melanie would say, because she was able to come up with an answer to every question a skeptical, risk-sensitive investor might have.‘How I Built This’ host Guy Raz on insights from some of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs | Rachel King | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Tests were conducted at Germany’s animal health institute and sensitive areas will now be cordoned off to try to prevent the disease spreading, Kloeckner said.Europe is on high alert after a deadly swine virus emerges in Germany | Bernhard Warner | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
According to Dhamodharan, Mastercard is sensitive to privacy issues and is building its testing kit to reflect that.Mastercard launches digital currency kit for central banks | Jeff | September 9, 2020 | Fortune
Some tests may be very sensitive but less specific — in other words, good at picking up the presence of virus when it is there but less good at saying when the virus is not there.Spit vs. Swab? Scientists say new studies support use of ‘saliva tests’ for COVID | Lee Clifford | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
And the Gävle Goat, apparently a sensitive creature, took the destruction hard.
The expo is introduced by Mayor Anne Hildalgo, who describes it as a “sensitive reading of the upheavals in French society.”
But they are also sensitive to pressure and attention from the West.
It is this very sensitive issue that has galvanized widespread resistance from previously loyal campesinos.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution | Nina Lakhani | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was highly perceptive and exquisitely sensitive to everything around him.
He felt, in his sensitive way, that the two sweet-souled Englishwomen had deepened and sanctified his love for Jean.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The eyebrows were low and thick, the upper lip was sensitive, quivering sometimes as she talked, but the lower was firm and full.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
He was beset by his sensitive dislike to mix in other people's affairs, but almost angrily he overcame it.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
And here he might have stopped with safety; but his roused, suspicious, sensitive nature, would not suffer him.
It is a sensitive test, and, when positive, is absolute proof of the presence of blood.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
British Dictionary definitions for sensitive
having the power of sensation
responsive to or aware of feelings, moods, reactions, etc
easily irritated; delicate: sensitive skin
affected by external conditions or stimuli
of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
capable of registering small differences or changes in amounts, quality, etc: a sensitive instrument
photog having a high sensitivity: a 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
- sensitively, adverb
- sensitiveness, noun
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