Simple Definition of sensitive
: 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
2a : receptive to sense impressionsb : capable of being stimulated or excited by external agents (as light, gravity, or contact) <sensitive cells>
3 : highly responsive or susceptible: asa (1) : easily hurt or damaged; especially : easily hurt emotionally (2) : delicately aware of the attitudes and feelings of othersb : 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
4a : 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>
Examples of sensitive
He acts like a tough guy, but he's really very sensitive to criticism.
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
Synonym Discussion of sensitive
Both liable and apt when followed by an infinitive are used nearly interchangeably with likely. Although conflicting advice has been given over the years, most current commentators accept apt when so used. They generally recommend limiting liable to situations having an undesirable outcome, and our evidence shows that in edited writing it is more often so used than not.
Definition of sensitive
1 : a person having occult or psychical abilities
2 : a sensitive person
First Known Use of sensitive
Medical Definition of sensitive
1: sensory 2 <sensitive nerves>
2a: receptive to sense impressionsb: 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: asa: easily hurt or damaged <sensitive skin>; especially : easily hurt emotionallyb: 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>
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