Definitions for sensitiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sen•si•tiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. endowed with sensation; having perception through the senses.

  2. readily or excessively affected by external influences.

  3. responsive to the feelings of others.

  4. easily hurt or offended.

  5. Physiol. having a low threshold of sensation or feeling.

    Category: Physiology

  6. especially responsive to certain agents, as light:

    sensitive photographic film.

    Category: Photography, Chemistry

  7. highly secret or delicate; requiring prudence:

    sensitive diplomatic issues.

  8. constructed to measure small degrees of change:

    a sensitive thermometer.

  9. marked by high radio sensitivity.

    Category: Radio and Television

  10. (n.)a person who is sensitive.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  11. a person with psychic powers; medium.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of sensitive:

1350–1400; ME sensitif(e) < MF sensitif < ML sēnsitīvus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. medium, spiritualist, sensitive(adj)

    someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

    "he consulted several mediums"

  2. sensitive(adj)

    responsive to physical stimuli

    "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"

  3. sensitive(adj)

    being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others

    "sensitive to the local community and its needs"

  4. sensible, sensitive(adj)

    able to feel or perceive

    "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"

  5. sensitive, sore, raw, tender(adj)


    "the tender spot on his jaw"

  6. sensitive(adj)

    of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. sensitive(adjective)ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    easily upset or worried

    She's a highly sensitive child.; The actress is very sensitive about her big feet.

  2. sensitiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    aware of and understanding people and situations

    a doctor who is not sensitive to her needs; the sensitive treatment of grieving families

  3. sensitiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    easily affected

    Children may be especially sensitive to health risks from pesticides .

  4. sensitiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    reacting very easily or very precisely

    an ultra-sensitive instrument for measuring vibration

  5. sensitiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    delicate and needing careful treatment

    sensitive skin/teeth

  6. sensitiveˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

    needing to be dealt with carefully in order to avoid problems

    a sensitive phase of the negotiations; a sensitive issue


  1. sensitive(Noun)

    One with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.

  2. sensitive(Adjective)

    Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.

  3. sensitive(Adjective)

    Responsive to stimuli.

  4. sensitive(Adjective)

    Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.

    My friend Max is very sensitive; he cried today because of the bad news.

  5. sensitive(Adjective)

    Of an issue, capable of offending, upsetting or hurting.

    Religion is often a sensitive topic of discussion and should be avoided when dealing with foreign business associates.

  6. sensitive(Adjective)

    Accurate (instrument)

  7. Origin: From sensitif, from sensitivus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sensitive(adj)

    having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; as, a sensitive soul

  2. Sensitive(adj)

    having quick and acute sensibility, either to the action of external objects, or to impressions upon the mind and feelings; highly susceptible; easily and acutely affected

  3. Sensitive(adj)

    having a capacity of being easily affected or moved; as, a sensitive thermometer; sensitive scales

  4. Sensitive(adj)

    readily affected or changed by certain appropriate agents; as, silver chloride or bromide, when in contact with certain organic substances, is extremely sensitive to actinic rays

  5. Sensitive(adj)

    serving to affect the sense; sensible

  6. Sensitive(adj)

    of or pertaining to sensation; depending on sensation; as, sensitive motions; sensitive muscular motions excited by irritation

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. sensitive

    Requiring special protection from disclosure that could cause embarrassment, compromise, or threat to the security of the sponsoring power. May be applied to an agency, installation, person, position, document, material, or activity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sensitive' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2785

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sensitive' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3992

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sensitive' in Adjectives Frequency: #372

Translations for sensitive

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(usually with to ) strongly or easily affected (by something)

sensitive skin; sensitive to light.

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