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ˈsɛn sɪ tɪvsen·si·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. medium, spiritualist, sensitiveadjective

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

    "he consulted several mediums"

  2. sensitiveadjective

    responsive to physical stimuli

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

  3. sensitiveadjective

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

    "sensitive to the local community and its needs"

  4. sensible, sensitiveadjective

    able to feel or perceive

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

  5. sensitive, sore, raw, tenderadjective

    hurting

    "the tender spot on his jaw"

  6. sensitiveadjective

    of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

Wiktionary

  1. sensitivenoun

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

  2. sensitiveadjective

    Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.

  3. sensitiveadjective

    Responsive to stimuli.

  4. sensitiveadjective

    Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.

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

  5. sensitiveadjective

    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. sensitiveadjective

    Accurate (instrument)

  7. Etymology: From sensitif, from sensitivus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sensitiveadjective

    Having sense or perception, but not reason.

    Etymology: sensitif, French.

    The sensitive faculty may have a sensitive love of some sensitive objects, which though moderated so as not to fall into sin; yet, through the nature of man’s sense, may express itself more sensitively towards that inferior object than towards God: this is a piece of human frailty. Henry Hammond.

    All the actions of the sensitive appetite are in painting called passions, because the soul is agitated by them, and because the body suffers and is sensibly altered. Dryden.

    Bodies are such as are endued with a vegetative soul, as plants; a sensitive soul, as animals; or a rational soul, as the body of man. John Ray.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sensitiveadjective

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

  2. Sensitiveadjective

    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. Sensitiveadjective

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

  4. Sensitiveadjective

    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. Sensitiveadjective

    serving to affect the sense; sensible

  6. Sensitiveadjective

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

  7. Etymology: [F. sensitif. See Sense.]

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensitive in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sensitive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sensitive in a Sentence

  1. Ben Rhodes:

    We do not believe that our classified systems were compromised, we're constantly updating our security measures on our unclassified system, but we're frankly told to act as if we need not put information that's sensitive on that system.

  2. Manik Narain:

    The data is telling us that EM's exernal sector is effectively still in recession - that is one factor that will keep currencies volatile and equity markets quite choppy, these are growth-sensitive asset classes and that is one part of the story that is under deep strain at the moment.

  3. Peter Earnest:

    They were meant to be sleepers, typically an illegal sent to another country is a sleeper. He or she is available to handle a very sensitive asset, or in the case of wartime, or some sort of confrontation, be available.

  4. Emily Sanford:

    It's really cool for us to know that dogs are so sensitive to human emotional states, it is interesting to think that all these anecdotes of dogs rescuing humans, they could be grounded in truth, and this study is a step toward understanding how those kinds of mechanisms work.

  5. Amy Kirby:

    Our focus is on using National Wastewater Surveillance System as an early warning of increases in the community. And we want that early warning system to be as early and as sensitive as it can be.

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