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sensitive

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1 able to sense slight impressions or differences
  • a scale that is sensitive to the smallest change in weight
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2 being in a situation where one is likely to meet with harm
  • She's very sensitive to the sun and will burn if she's outside for any amount of time.
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at risk, in deep water, in jeopardy

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3 easily injured without careful handling
  • the sensitive skin of a newborn mouse
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4 of or relating to physical sensation or the senses
  • sensitive data
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5 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling
  • Pointing out to the boss that she's wrong is always a sensitive task.
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liable, open, exposed, subject, prone, susceptible, sensitive mean being by nature or through circumstances likely to experience something adverse. liable implies a possibility or probability of incurring something because of position, nature, or particular situation.
    • liable to get lost
open stresses a lack of barriers preventing incurrence.
    • a claim open to question
exposed suggests lack of protection or powers of resistance against something actually present or threatening.
    • exposed to infection
subject implies an openness for any reason to something that must be suffered or undergone.
    • all reports are subject to review
prone stresses natural tendency or propensity to incur something.
    • prone to delay
susceptible implies conditions existing in one's nature or individual constitution that make incurrence probable.
    • very susceptible to flattery
sensitive implies a readiness to respond to or be influenced by forces or stimuli.
    • unduly sensitive to criticism

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