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Dictionary Definition

sensitive adj
1 responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light" [ant: insensitive]
2 having acute mental or emotional sensibility; "sensitive to the local community and its needs" [ant: insensitive]
3 able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible p{ enveloping(a), shrouding(a), concealing,& (concealing by enclosing or wrapping as if in something that is not solid; "the enveloping darkness"; "hills concealed by shrouding mists") }arts of the skin" [syn: sensible] [ant: insensible]
4 hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw" [syn: sore, tender]
5 used officially of classified information or matters affecting national security

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Responsive to stimuli.
  2. Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.
    My friend Max is very sensitive, he cried today because of the bad news.
  3. Accurate (instrument)

Related terms


responsive to stimuli
of a person
of an instrument
  • Czech: citlivý
  • Finnish: herkkä
  • Greek: ευαίσθητος (evaísthitos)
  • Hungarian: érzékeny
  • Japanese: 繊細
  • Russian: чувствительный (čuvstvít'el’nyj), точный (tóčnyj)
  • Spanish: sensible

See also



  • IPA: /sɑ̃.si.tiv/
  • SAMPA: /


  1. The feminine form of sensitif
  2. Sensible (this is a false friend (faux amis))



  1. Feminine plural form of sensitivo

Extensive Definition

Sensitivity may refer to:
sensitive in German: Empfindlichkeit
sensitive in French: Sensibilité
sensitive in Simple English: Sensitivity

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accurate, acute, adaptable, affected, agitable, algetic, allergic, anaphylactic, angry, appreciative, attuned, aware, bendable, bending, burning, censorious, chafed, choicy, choosy, cognizant, compliant, conscientious, conscious, critical, delicate, differential, discriminate, discriminating, discriminative, disposed, distinctive, distinguishing, ductile, edgy, elastic, emotionable, emotional, emotionally unstable, empathetic, empathic, eruptive, exact, exacting, excitable, explosive, exposed, extensible, extensile, fabricable, facile, fastidious, feeling, festering, fictile, fiery, fine, flexible, flexile, flexuous, formable, formative, galled, giving, goosy, high-mettled, high-spirited, high-strung, highly emotional, hot-tempered, hyperesthetic, hyperpathic, hypersensitive, impressed, impressible, impressionable, inclined, inflamed, inflammable, influenced, irascible, irritable, irritated, itchy, keen, knowing, like putty, limber, lissome, lithe, lithesome, malleable, meticulous, mettlesome, miffy, moldable, nervous, nice, obnoxious, open, overrefined, oversensible, oversensitive, overtender, particular, passible, perceiving, perceptive, perfectionistic, perturbable, petulant, picky, plastic, pliable, pliant, precarious, precise, precisianistic, predisposed, prickly, priggish, prone, prudish, punctilious, puristic, puritanic, quarrelsome, quick-tempered, rankling, raw, reactive, receptive, red, refined, responsive, scrupulous, seeing, selective, sensational, sensatory, sensible, sensile, sensimotor, sensorial, sensorimotor, sensory, sensual, sensuous, sentient, sequacious, shapable, sharp, skittish, smarting, soft, softhearted, sore, springy, startlish, strict, subject, submissive, subtle, supersensitive, supple, susceptible, susceptive, sympathetic, tactful, temperamental, tender, tenderhearted, tense, testy, tetchy, thin-skinned, ticklish, tingling, touchy, tractable, tractile, tricky, understanding, unstable, volatile, volcanic, vulnerable, warmhearted, whippy, willowy, yielding
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