Definition of insensitive
1a : not responsive or susceptible insensitive to the demands of the publicb : lacking feeling or tact so insensitive as to laugh at someone in pain
2 : not physically or chemically sensitive
insensitivityplay \(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.
Recent Examples of insensitive from the Web
A former city Water Department superintendent used his work email to distribute anti-Obama polemics, with some of his messages veering off into racially insensitive, anti-Islamic and sexist territory, documents obtained by the Tribune show.
Both works, made by artists who are white, recall historical acts of racial violence and have been viewed by many as painful and insensitive to communities that have suffered directly from those injustices.
Collins also pointed to an extremely rare condition making people insensitive to pain.
Some criticized the post as being insensitive to the true meaning of the holiday.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland artist pulled his painting depicting the Tamir Rice shooting from a Pittsburgh art festival after a backlash on social media accused him of being insensitive.
Per CNN: Some ad critics suggested that GM’s robot ad was insensitive and a bad idea for a company that offered buyouts and retirement packages to get about 35,000 factory workers to leave the company in the last year in an effort to stem losses.
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First Known Use of insensitive
INSENSITIVE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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