insensitive

adjective in·sen·si·tive \ (ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv \
Updated on: 22 May 2018

Definition of insensitive

1 a : 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

insensitively

adverb

insensitiveness

noun

insensitivity

play \(ˌ)in-ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

Examples of insensitive in a Sentence

  1. He's just a rude, insensitive jerk.

  2. It was insensitive of her to say that.

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First Known Use of insensitive

1834

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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INSENSITIVE Defined for English Language Learners

insensitive

Definition of insensitive for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

insensitive

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

Definition of insensitive for Students

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

insensitively

adverb


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