Aristotle held that animals have a sensitive soul, but only humans have a rational one.
People with celiac disease are sensitive to gluten.
Sensitive defense data; holds a sensitive position in the State Department.
A plant that is sensitive to rapid changes in temperature.
Film that is sensitive to light.
The book is a sensitive treatment of a troubled friendship.
A sensitive ear.
- Readily affected by light.
- Readily receiving very weak radio signals.
- Operating readily in weak light.
A sensitive stock market.
Religion is often a sensitive topic of discussion and should be avoided when dealing with foreign business associates.
An example of sensitive is skin that breaks out in hives when touched by most lotions.
An example of sensitive is a volume knob that turns up when barely touched.
Teenagers tend to be especially sensitive about their appearance.
Other Word Forms
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.