hypersensitive

adjective
hy·per·sen·si·tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv \

Definition of hypersensitive 

1 : excessively or abnormally sensitive

2 : abnormally susceptible physiologically to a specific agent (such as a drug or antigen)

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Other words from hypersensitive

hypersensitiveness noun
hypersensitivity \ˌhī-pər-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē \ noun

Examples of hypersensitive in a Sentence

She's hypersensitive about her past. People who are hypersensitive to the chemical may have violent reactions even to small amounts.

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The reasonable concern that major plot elements not be divulged has spawned a phobic, hypersensitive taboo against public discussion of anything that happens onscreen. A.o. Scott, New York Times, "‘Avengers: Infinity War’: It’s Marvel’s Universe. We Just Live in It.," 24 Apr. 2018 My toes felt as if my socks were bunched up beneath them, while the balls of my feet had become hypersensitive; a stray grain of cat litter underfoot was maddening. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 Sense and Sensibility Town Hall Theatre Company presents Kate Hamill’s rollicking adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about the misadventures of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — in gossipy Regency England. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 17," 14 June 2018 But this other idea of being hypersensitive to the way things feel on a sensory level. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Slothrust Announce New Album, Premiere Fuzzy Grunge-Pop Track 'Peach': Exclusive," 28 June 2018 Sense and Sensibility Town Hall Theatre Company presents Kate Hamill’s rollicking adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about the misadventures of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — in gossipy Regency England. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 17," 14 June 2018 Sense and Sensibility Town Hall Theatre Company presents Kate Hamill’s rollicking adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about the misadventures of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — in gossipy Regency England. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 17," 14 June 2018 These philanthropic funds will maintain the massive bureaucracy that coddles hypersensitive students while issuing hollow claims to uphold academic freedom and dissent. Paul S. Levy, WSJ, "University Boardrooms Need Reform," 10 June 2018 Sense and Sensibility Town Hall Theatre Company presents Kate Hamill’s rollicking adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about the misadventures of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — in gossipy Regency England. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 17," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of hypersensitive

1871, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hypersensitive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of hypersensitive

: having feelings that are very easily hurt

: very strongly and easily affected or harmed by something (such as a drug)

hypersensitive

adjective
hy·per·sen·si·tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen-sə-tiv \

Kids Definition of hypersensitive

: very sensitive These plants are hypersensitive to cold.

hypersensitive

adjective
hy·per·sen·si·tive | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈsen(t)-sət-iv, -ˈsen(t)-stiv \

Medical Definition of hypersensitive 

1 : excessively or abnormally sensitive

2 : abnormally susceptible physiologically to a specific agent (as a drug or antigen)

Other words from hypersensitive

hypersensitiveness noun
hypersensitivity \-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈtiv-ət-ē \ noun plural hypersensitivities

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