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

Definition of insensitive

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

Other Words from insensitive

insensitively adverb
insensitiveness noun
insensitivity \ (ˌ)in-​ˌsen(t)-​sə-​ˈti-​və-​tē How to pronounce insensitive (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 most prominent figure in the Republican Party — or his history of racially insensitive remarks — is never mentioned in Hunt’s stump speech. Clyde Mcgrady, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 His choice for cultural affairs commissioner, Laurie Cumbo, has a history of making insensitive remarks. New York Times, 27 Apr. 2022 At one point, Cohen asked Nguyen about racially insensitive remarks directed at her by Mary Cosby, a Black cast member who had failed to show up at the reunion. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2022 But Wu underscored that these memes can also be insensitive without context. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 10 July 2022 The Suicide Six ski resort in Vermont, which has been in business since the 1930s, is about to be rechristened because of concerns that its name is insensitive, its operators said. Emily Sweeney,, 1 July 2022 Outfits that make fun of people's size, objectify human beings or otherwise make light of a person's lived experience are all insensitive. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 6 June 2022 If a storm is considered so deadly and destructive that future use of that name would be insensitive, the name is retired and another name takes its place. Mallory Nicholls, Orlando Sentinel, 31 May 2022 Not to be insensitive, but there are a lot of people who are the product of unplanned and even unwanted pregnancies. Zack Ford, CNN, 29 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of insensitive

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

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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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