sensitive


1sen·si·tive

adjective \ˈsen(t)-sə-tiv, ˈsen(t)s-təv\

: easily upset by the things that people think or say about you

: likely to cause people to become upset

: aware of and understanding the feelings of other people

Full Definition of SENSITIVE

1
:  sensory 2
2
a :  receptive to sense impressions
b :  capable of being stimulated or excited by external agents (as light, gravity, or contact) <sensitive cells>
3
:  highly responsive or susceptible: as
a (1) :  easily hurt or damaged; especially :  easily hurt emotionally
(2) :  delicately aware of the attitudes and feelings of others
b :  excessively or abnormally susceptible :  hypersensitive <sensitive to egg protein>
c :  readily fluctuating in price or demand <sensitive commodities>
d :  capable of indicating minute differences :  delicate <sensitive scales>
e :  readily affected or changed by various agents (as light or mechanical shock) <a photographic emulsion sensitive to red light>
f :  highly radiosensitive
4
a :  concerned with highly classified government information or involving discretionary authority over important policy matters <sensitive documents>
b :  calling for tact, care, or caution in treatment :  touchy <a sensitive issue like race relations>
5
:  having or showing concern for a specified matter —usually used in combination <a price-sensitive customer> <environmentally sensitive policies>
sen·si·tive·ly adverb
sen·si·tive·ness noun

Examples of SENSITIVE

  1. He acts like a tough guy, but he's really very sensitive to criticism.
  2. I found him to be a sensitive and caring person.

Origin of SENSITIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin sensitivus, probably alteration of sensativus, from sensatus sensate
First Known Use: 15th century

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2sensitive

noun

Definition of SENSITIVE

1
:  a person having occult or psychical abilities
2
:  a sensitive person

First Known Use of SENSITIVE

1838

sen·si·tive

adjective \ˈsen(t)-sət-iv, ˈsen(t)-stiv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SENSITIVE

1
: sensory 2 <sensitive nerves>
2
a : receptive to sense impressions b : capable of being stimulated or excited by external agents (as light, gravity, or contact) <a photographic emulsion sensitive to red light> <sensitive protoplasm>
3
: highly responsive or susceptible: as a : easily hurt or damaged <sensitive skin>; especially : easily hurt emotionally b : excessively or abnormally susceptible : hypersensitive <sensitive to egg protein> c : capable of indicating minute differences <sensitive scales> d : readily affected or changed by various agents (as light or mechanical shock) <a sensitive colloid>
sen·si·tive·ness noun

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