Origin of sensitive
Examples from the Web for unsensitive
Historical Examples of unsensitive
Jean-sans-terre was not so unsensitive to praise as he was to blame.Holiday Tales
We think boys are rude, unsensitive animals, but it is not so in all cases.Chapters from My Autobiography
To such, Douglas must have seemed unemotional, unsensitive, and lacking in spiritual fineness.Stephen A. Douglas
But a stability of purpose peculiar to unsensitive and egoistic young men kept Hazlitt to his quest.Erik Dorn
What he wanted he went after with a cold and unsensitive directness that no newspapers had been courageous enough to characterise.The Streets of Ascalon
Robert W. Chambers
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.