[ sen-si-tiv ]
/ ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv /
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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.
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Origin of sensitive
OTHER WORDS FROM sensitive
sen·si·tive·ly, adverbnon·sen·si·tive, adjectivenon·sen·si·tive·ly, adverbnon·sen·si·tive·ness, noun
ul·tra·sen·si·tive, adjectiveul·tra·sen·si·tive·ly, adverbun·sen·si·tive, adjectiveun·sen·si·tive·ly, adverbun·sen·si·tive·ness, noun
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How to use sensitive in a sentence
But a stability of purpose peculiar to unsensitive and egoistic young men kept Hazlitt to his quest.Erik Dorn|Ben Hecht
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
The third was achieved by a boy of three,—a child, in general, unsensitive to music.Here and Now Story Book|Lucy Sprague Mitchell
The organ of taste is thought to be very unsensitive, and the sense of touch but slightly developed.
Jean-sans-terre was not so unsensitive to praise as he was to blame.Holiday Tales|Florence Wilford
British Dictionary definitions for sensitive
/ (ˈsɛnsɪtɪv) /
having the power of sensation
responsive to or aware of feelings, moods, reactions, etc
easily irritated; delicatesensitive 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, etca sensitive instrument
photog having a high sensitivitya 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
Derived forms of sensitivesensitively, adverbsensitiveness, noun
Word Origin for sensitive
C14: from Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus, from Latin sentīre to feel
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