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sensitive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of sensitive

  1. 1 able to sense slight impressions or differences a scale that is sensitive to the smallest change in weight Synonyms of sensitive delicate, fine, keen, perceptive, quick, acute, sharpWords Related to sensitive accurate, clear, discerning, good, piercing, precise, receptive, sensible, subtle; hair-trigger, hyperacute, hypersensitive, oversensitive, supersensitiveNear Antonyms of sensitive bad, deadened, dimmed, dull, dulled, fading; dead, imperceptive, insensible, insensitive, numb; imprecise, inaccurate

  2. 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 Synonyms of sensitive endangered, exposed, open, liable, subject (to), susceptible, vulnerableWords Related to sensitive likely, prone; uncovered, undefended, unguarded, unprotected, unscreened, unsecuredNear Antonyms of sensitive covered, guarded, protected, safeguarded, screened, secured, sheltered, shielded, wardedAntonyms of sensitive insusceptible, invulnerable, unexposed, unsusceptible

  3. 3 easily injured without careful handling the sensitive skin of a newborn mouse Synonyms of sensitive delicate, fragile, frail, tenderWords Related to sensitive breakable, brittle, crushable, eggshell, frangible, friable; feeble, flimsy, puny, slight, soft, tenuous, weak; nonhardy, perishable, resistless, susceptible, unresistant, vulnerable, yieldingNear Antonyms of sensitive durable, firm, flinty, hard, hardy, resistant, robust, rugged, solid, sound, stiff, stout, strong, sturdy, substantial; infrangible, nonbreakable, unbreakable; hardened, inured, strengthened, tempered, toughenedAntonyms of sensitive tough

  4. 4 of or relating to physical sensation or the senses sensitive data Synonyms of sensitive sensational, sensory, sensorial, sensuousWords Related to sensitive afferent, receptive; sensate, sensualNear Antonyms of sensitive extrasensory, intuitional

  5. 5 requiring exceptional skill or caution in performance or handling pointing out to the boss that she's wrong is always a sensitive task Synonyms of sensitive catchy, delicate, difficult, dodgy [chiefly British], hairy, knotty, nasty, prickly, problematic (also problematical), tricky, spiny, sticky, thorny, ticklish, touchy, tough, tricksyWords Related to sensitive abstract, abstruse, complex, complicated, hard, intricate, involved, recondite, serious; problem, scabrous, stubborn, troublesome, troublous, vexatious, vexing, worrisome; burdensome, demanding, discommoding, exacting, exhausting, importunate, inconvenient, onerous, oppressive, painful, stressfulNear Antonyms of sensitive easy, effortless, manageable, painless, simple, straightforward, uncomplicated, undemanding, unproblematic

Synonym Discussion of sensitive

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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