Sensitive meaning

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Sensitive is defined as someone or something that is easily hurt, disturbed or offended.

An example of sensitive is skin that breaks out in hives when touched by most lotions.

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Responsive to external conditions or stimulation; having sensation.

Sensitive cells.

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The definition of sensitive is someone or something that responds to external forces.

An example of sensitive is a volume knob that turns up when barely touched.

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Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses.

Aristotle held that animals have a sensitive soul, but only humans have a rational one.

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Fluctuating or tending to fluctuate, especially in price.

Sensitive stocks.

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Easily irritated.
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(1) Responsive to electromagnetic signals. See electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
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Of or relating to secret or classified information.

Sensitive defense data; holds a sensitive position in the State Department.

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One held to be endowed with psychic or occult powers.
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Of the senses or sensation; esp., connected with the reception or transmission of sense impressions; sensory.
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Receiving and responding to stimuli from outside objects or agencies; having sensation.
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Responding or feeling readily and acutely; very keenly susceptible to stimuli.

A sensitive ear.

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Easily hurt; tender; raw.
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Having or showing keen sensibilities; highly perceptive or responsive intellectually, aesthetically, etc.
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Easily offended, disturbed, shocked, irritated, etc., as by the actions of others; touchy.
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Changing readily in the presence of some external force or condition.
  • Readily affected by light.
  • Readily receiving very weak radio signals.
  • Operating readily in weak light.
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Designed to indicate or measure small changes or differences.
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Showing, or liable to show, unusual variation; fluctuating.

A sensitive stock market.

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Designating, of, or dealing with secret or delicate matters, esp. secret or delicate government matters.
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Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses.
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Responsive or capable of responding to a chemical stimulus or substance. Used especially of a cell, tissue, or organism.
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Susceptible to slight changes or differences in the environment.
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Predisposed to inflammation as a result of preexisting allergy or disease.
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Registering slight differences or changes of condition. Used of an instrument.
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Certain parts of an organization’s data or information is classified as this; if there is concern about a loss of data or about access to this data by an unauthorized party, resulting in some damage to the organization.
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Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.
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Responsive to stimuli.
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Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.

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

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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.

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Accurate (instrument)
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One with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.
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A sensitive person.
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Origin of sensitive

  • Middle English from Old French sensitif from Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus from Latin sēnsus sense sense
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus.
    From Wiktionary