Definitions for insensitiveɪnˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•sen•si•tiveɪnˈsɛn sɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. not emotionally sensitive or sympathetic; unfeeling; callous:

    an insensitive nature; insensitive to the needs of the poor.

  2. not physically sensitive:

    insensitive skin.

  3. not affected by physical or chemical agencies or influences:

    insensitive to light.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insensitive(adj)

    not responsive to physical stimuli

    "insensitive to radiation"

  2. insensitive(adj)

    deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

    "insensitive to the needs of the patients"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. insensitive(adjective)ɪnˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    ≠ sensitive

    an insensitive comment/person; I felt she was insensitive to the way I felt.; "Deal with it yourself," he said insensitively.; her insensitivity to their problems


  1. insensitive(Adjective)

    Not having normal physical feeling

  2. insensitive(Adjective)

    Not having normal emotional feelings, cold, tactless, undiplomatic

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insensitive(adj)

    not sensitive; wanting sensation, or wanting acute sensibility


  1. Insensitive

    "Insensitive" is the title of a track from the 1994 Jann Arden album Living Under June; an international hit single, "Insensitive" remains the career record for Arden. The song is unique in Arden's repertoire as the one song she's made the first recorded version of which she did not write, the composer of "Insensitive" being Anne Loree.

Translations for insensitive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not noticing or not sympathetic towards (eg others' feelings)

He was insensitive to her grief.

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