insensitive

adjective
in·​sen·​si·​tive | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsen(t)-s(ə-)tiv How to pronounce insensitive (audio) \

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 How to pronounce insensitivity (audio) \ noun

Examples of insensitive in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

The Lucky Cat flare-up followed two recent firestorms surrounding Chinese or pan-Asian restaurants with white proprietors accused of being culturally insensitive. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Fights Over 'Authentic' Chinese Food Have a Long and Complicated History. Now They're Tearing the Culinary World Apart," 8 July 2019 On Friday, another Facebook group of apparent CBP personnel surfaced, unveiling even more posts containing insensitive, derogatory and lewd content. Reis Thebault, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Feds knew about Border Patrol agents’ derogatory Facebook group years ago," 6 July 2019 Tourism is booming in Tokyo, in part because the city specifically and the nation writ-large caters to foreigners’ sometimes inaccurate or culturally insensitive perceptions of Japan. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 Many were quick to point out that this is just the latest in Kardashian West’s history of being culturally insensitive. Tracy Brown, latimes.com, "Yes, Kim Kardashian’s ‘Kimono’ is cultural appropriation. And she’s not alone," 26 June 2019 The author tells of the enormous amount of money being spent to keep illegals out of the U.S and the insensitive policies that keep them in limbo. Sandra Dallas, The Denver Post, "Regional books: “Denver School Book,” “Aloha Rodeo” and more," 13 June 2019 The more Kennedy pressed, depicting McCarthy as a racially insensitive dilettante who didn’t really want to be President, a man who was taking advantage of his volunteers, the more Sylvester and Branch dug in. David Margolick, The New Yorker, "The Campaign Volunteer Whose Brilliance Haunted Robert F. Kennedy," 7 June 2019 What to you is the dividing line between riffing on stereotypes for fun and being culturally insensitive? Soumya Rao, Quartz India, "Russell Peters on stereotypes, politics, and religion in his comedy," 3 June 2019 Fashion house Gucci has apologized for being insensitive after pulling a sweater that critics likened to blackface, while Florida’s secretary of state resigned last month after photos were published showing him in blackface at a 2005 party. Melissa Korn, WSJ, "Colleges Continue to Confront Blackface on Campus," 14 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce insensitive (audio) \

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

Other Words from insensitive

insensitively adverb

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