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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The card, which was first called out by Facebook user Takeisha Saunders for being the only card depicting an African-American couple and using a culturally insensitive term, is due to be removed from about 900 Target stores. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Target Is Sorry It Sold 'Baby Daddy' Father's Day Cards Featuring a Black Couple," 14 June 2018 These thrived on the collapse of support for national political parties, and on a sense that contemporary national governments were insensitive to Scottish and Catalan concerns. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 Opponents said Wednesday that Nikai's remark neglected people's right to choose their family size and was insensitive to those who are forced to give up hopes of having children because of financial or medical difficulties. Fox News, "Japan lawmaker slammed for calling childless people selfish," 27 June 2018 Opponents said Wednesday that Nikai’s remark neglected people’s right to choose their family size and was insensitive to those who are forced to give up hopes of having children because of financial or medical difficulties. Washington Post, "Japan lawmaker slammed for calling childless people selfish," 27 June 2018 On Wednesday, opponents said that Nikai’s remark neglected people’s right to choose their family size and was insensitive to those who are forced to give up hopes of having children because of financial or medical difficulties. Mari Yamaguchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Japanese politician is criticized for calling childless people selfish," 27 June 2018 These comments can also ignore or be insensitive to the nuances of mental illness. Mollykate Cline, Teen Vogue, "How to Talk About Suicide Without Adding to Mental Health Stigma," 8 June 2018 Detroit is not at all subtle about this slavery metaphor, throwing the word around with an abandon that borders on insensitive. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Detroit: Become Human review: Robotic in all of the wrong ways," 24 May 2018 The show was canceled on May 29, 2018 after Roseanne Barr tweeted an insensitive remark about Valerie Jarrett, the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Rise and Fall of the 'Roseanne' Reboot," 1 June 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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