Origin of sensitive
Related Words for sensitivelysoftly, lightly, beautifully, gracefully, cautiously, subtly, exquisitely, deftly, finely, skillfully, elegantly, tactfully, precisely, daintily, fastidiously
Examples from the Web for sensitively
Contemporary Examples of sensitively
Miller also sensitively explores how some of his five siblings respond to parental abdication.The ‘Moby-Dick’ of Memoirs: ‘River Bend Chronicle’
June 2, 2013
But the fate of Hungarian Jews was particularly painful, as Orringer sensitively captures.Writers to Watch
March 24, 2010
Historical Examples of sensitively
And all the child in Paul, responding so sensitively to his mother's feelings, agreed to this.
Her grandfather; for whom her affection is so sensitively keen, has disappeared.What Will He Do With It, Complete
He seemed to feel the beauty of it sensitively, as she did critically.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
She was finely and sensitively organized; considerate and gentle.The Shadow of Ashlydyat
Mrs. Henry Wood
The people of England are sensitively alive on this subject.
Word Origin 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.