Origin of sensitive
Examples from the Web for sensitively
Miller also sensitively explores how some of his five siblings respond to parental abdication.The ‘Moby-Dick’ of Memoirs: ‘River Bend Chronicle’|Tom LeClair|June 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The life mode in both is sensitively sympathetic, or preponderantly sympathetic.Fantasia of the Unconscious|D. H. Lawrence
Her grandfather; for whom her affection is so sensitively keen, has disappeared.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
But, as conscientious artist, he was sensitively aware of makeshift.The Mountebank|William J. Locke
She grew troubled, sensitively following his mood; her hands were now pressed to her breast, her lips parted.The Three Black Pennys|Joseph Hergesheimer
It was their vocation to be sensitively alive to all the influences, near or remote, by which their native land could be affected.The Preacher and His Models|James Stalker
British Dictionary definitions for sensitively
Word Origin for sensitive
Word Origin and History for sensitively
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.