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sensitive

sen·si·tive

sensitive

 
 
pronunciation:
sen s tihv
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having the ability to sense.
The leaves of the plant are sensitive to touch.
synonyms:
feeling, sensible, sentient
antonyms:
insensible, insensitive, numb, unfeeling
similar words:
aware, conscious, keen, perceptive
definition 2: very responsive to and affected by sense impressions.
Dogs are highly sensitive to pitch.Humans are sensitive to color, and advertisers know that color can affect people's opinions of a product.
antonyms:
impassive, impervious, unresponsive
similar words:
acute, delicate, feeling, irritable, painful, perceptive, reactive, responsive, sore, tender
definition 3: acutely responsive mentally or emotionally.
For a sensitive child, changing schools is difficult.
synonyms:
feeling, susceptible
antonyms:
stolid, thick-skinned, unsensitive
similar words:
delicate, emotional, excitable, huffy, hypersensitive, impressionable, perceptive, reactive, receptive, responsive, susceptive, temperamental, tender-hearted, thin-skinned, touchy
definition 4: very responsive to certain stimuli such as chemicals or other environmental agents.
This soap is made for sensitive skin.While you're taking this medication, your skin will be highly sensitive to sunlight.
synonyms:
susceptible, susceptive
antonyms:
impervious, nonreactive, unsusceptible
similar words:
allergic, hypersensitive, irritable, reactive, responsive
definition 5: involving something that is secret or needs care in handling.
Abortion is a sensitive subject.
synonyms:
delicate, ticklish, touchy
antonyms:
uncontroversial
definition 6: of certain instruments, responsive to extremely small changes in heat, light, or the like.
We use a sensitive thermometer for our temperature measurements.
similar words:
accurate, delicate, discriminating, fine, precise, receptive, responsive, subtle
definition 7: characterized by concern for the feelings of others.
She responded to his problem in a sensitive manner.
antonyms:
callous, hardhearted, insensitive, unfeeling
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derivations: sensitively (adv.), sensitiveness (n.)
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