insensitive

adjective
in·​sen·​si·​tive | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv \

Definition of insensitive 

1a : not responsive or susceptible insensitive to the demands of the public
b : lacking feeling or tact so insensitive as to laugh at someone in pain
2 : not physically or chemically sensitive

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Other Words from insensitive

insensitively adverb
insensitiveness noun
insensitivity \ (ˌ)in-​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​ˈti-​və-​tē \ noun

Examples of insensitive in a Sentence

He's just a rude, insensitive jerk. It was insensitive of her to say that.

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Netflix chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland is leaving the company following a controversy over insensitive remarks. NBC News, "Netflix exec Jonathan Friedland out over alleged N-word use," 23 June 2018 King has a history of making racially insensitive remarks about immigrants. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Is Trump losing his support in Congress for separating families at the border?," 19 June 2018 Especially with the current #MeToo movement, these types of costumes are straight-up insensitive. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "15 Offensive Halloween Costumes You Should Never Wear," 1 Aug. 2018 Blackamoor art and jewelry romanticizes the times of slavery and is considered racially insensitive today. Meghan Markle, Fox News, "Princess Michael of Kent reportedly had two black sheep named Venus and Serena," 28 Apr. 2018 His language is hurtful, insensitive, privileged and exclusionary. P.j. O’rourke, WSJ, "Five Best: P.J. O’Rourke on Political Satires," 27 Sep. 2018 The video has been deemed by many as deeply insensitive, due to the historic political tensions between the nations of Russia and Ukraine, but the Sun report that Vida will face no action from FIFA. SI.com, "Croatia Defender Escapes Ban for England Clash After Posting Controversial Video on Social Media," 8 July 2018 More importantly, insensitive and indecent to the survivor. John Canzano, OregonLive.com, "Canzano: Oregon State's Luke Heimlich going undrafted is a strong statement," 7 June 2018 Unfortunately, this meant that many of our guests were not only celiacs or gluten insensitive, but also had generally crazy dietary needs and were a little bit demanding, which resulted in a few people being absolute horrors. Anna Silman, The Cut, "10 New York Restaurant Employees Share Their Wildest Stories," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of insensitive

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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insensitive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of insensitive

: showing that you do not know or care about the feelings of other people

: not responding to or caring about problems, changes, or needs

: not greatly affected by something

insensitive

adjective
in·​sen·​si·​tive | \ in-ˈsen-sə-tiv \

Kids Definition of insensitive

1 : lacking feeling : not sensitive He's insensitive to pain.
2 : not caring or showing concern about the problems or feelings of others an insensitive remark

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insensitively adverb

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