Synonyms for sensitive

Grammar : Adj
Spell : sen-si-tiv
Phonetic Transcription : ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

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Définition of sensitive

Origin :
  • late 14c., in reference to the body or its parts, "having the function of sensation;" also (early 15c.) "pertaining to the faculty of the soul that receives and analyzes sensory information;" from Old French sensitif "capable of feeling" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin sensitivus "capable of sensation," from Latin sensus, past participle of sentire "feel perceive" (see sense (n.)).
  • Meaning "easily affected" (with reference to mental feelings) first recorded 1816; meaning "having intense physical sensation" is from 1849. Original meaning is preserved in sensitive plant (1630s), which is "mechanically irritable in a higher degree than almost any other plant" [Century Dictionary]. Meaning "involving national security" is recorded from 1953. Related: Sensitively; sensitiveness.
  • adj impressionable
  • adj easily hurt
Example sentences :
  • "Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • For a man's heart is sensitive in proportion to its greatness.
  • Extract from : « Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327 » by Various
  • Had Cornelius been sensitive, he must have felt he was omitted.
  • Extract from : « Weighed and Wanting » by George MacDonald
  • Her sensitive nostrils dilated, her brain worked like a machine.
  • Extract from : « K » by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was a sensitive man, and did not realize that others were sometimes as shy as himself.
  • Extract from : « In the Midst of Alarms » by Robert Barr
  • If your wife was sensitive, you would kill her with your gloomy fits.
  • Extract from : « In the Midst of Alarms » by Robert Barr
  • This pointed out to him that the wire might be sensitive to sound when in a state of fracture.
  • Extract from : « Heroes of the Telegraph » by J. Munro
  • He was sensitive about all those chins, and the general bulk which accompanied them.
  • Extract from : « Good Indian » by B. M. Bower
  • He's so alone, and he's very proud and sensitive, because he feels his loneliness.
  • Extract from : « Good Indian » by B. M. Bower
  • Her hair was soft and plentiful, and her hands were fine, strong, and sensitive.
  • Extract from : « The Village Watch-Tower » by (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

Antonyms for sensitive

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