View synonyms for supersensitive


[ soo-per-sen-si-tiv ]


  1. extremely or excessively sensitive; hypersensitive:

    a supersensitive smoke detector.

  2. Electricity. of or relating to relays that operate on very small currents, below about 250 microamperes.

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Other Words From

  • super·sensi·tive·ness noun
  • super·sensi·tivi·ty noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of supersensitive1

First recorded in 1830–40; super- + sensitive

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Example Sentences

Each one takes advantage of the mouth’s supersensitive touch sensors.

In an effort to help make science more inclusive, Shaw and his colleagues have come up with bite-sized molecule models that take advantage of the mouth’s supersensitive touch sensors, which can perceive finer details than our fingertips can.

I greatly fear that she is of too supersensitive a nature to go through the world without trouble.

To his supersensitive watchfulness, McWha was singing that song “jest a purpose to be ugly to the kid.”

She bowed, coldly, so it seemed to my supersensitive imagination, and I replaced the hat and continued my walk.

Lameness is intense and the parts are swollen and supersensitive.

To a highly strung and supersensitive nature like the writer's the strain must have been terrible.