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sen·si·tive

 (sĕn′sĭ-tĭv)
adj.
1. Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses: Aristotle held that animals have a sensitive soul, but only humans have a rational one.
2. Responsive to external conditions or stimulation; having sensation: sensitive cells.
3.
a. Susceptible to slight differences or changes in the environment: a plant that is sensitive to rapid changes in temperature.
b. Readily altered by the action of an agent: film that is sensitive to light.
c. Registering slight differences or changes of condition. Used of an instrument.
4.
a. Easily irritated: sensitive skin.
b. Predisposed to inflammation as a result of preexisting allergy or disease: People with celiac disease are sensitive to gluten.
5.
a. Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others: The book is a sensitive treatment of a troubled friendship.
b. Easily hurt, upset, or offended: Teenagers tend to be especially sensitive about their appearance.
6. Fluctuating or tending to fluctuate, especially in price: sensitive stocks.
7. Of or relating to secret or classified information: sensitive defense data; holds a sensitive position in the State Department.
n.
1. A sensitive person.
2. One held to be endowed with psychic or occult powers.

[Middle English, from Old French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus, from Latin sēnsus, sense; see sense.]

sen′si·tive·ly adv.
sen′si·tive·ness n.

sensitive

(ˈsɛnsɪtɪv)
adj
1. (Physiology) having the power of sensation
2. responsive to or aware of feelings, moods, reactions, etc
3. easily irritated; delicate: sensitive skin.
4. affected by external conditions or stimuli
5. easily offended
6. (Physiology) of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation
7. capable of registering small differences or changes in amounts, quality, etc: a sensitive instrument.
8. (Photography) photog having a high sensitivity: a sensitive emulsion.
9. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) connected with matters affecting national security, esp through access to classified information
10. (Stock Exchange) (of a stock market or prices) quickly responsive to external influences and thus fluctuating or tending to fluctuate
11. (Commerce) (of a stock market or prices) quickly responsive to external influences and thus fluctuating or tending to fluctuate
[C14: from Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus, from Latin sentīre to feel]
ˈsensitively adv
ˈsensitiveness n

sen•si•tive

(ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv)

adj.
1. endowed with sensation; having perception through the senses.
2. readily or excessively affected by external influences.
3. responsive to the feelings of others.
4. easily hurt or offended.
5. Physiol. having a low threshold of sensation or feeling.
6. especially responsive to certain agents, as light: sensitive photographic film.
7. highly secret or delicate; requiring prudence: sensitive diplomatic issues.
8. constructed to measure small degrees of change: a sensitive thermometer.
9. marked by high radio sensitivity.
n.
10. a person who is sensitive.
11. a person with psychic powers; medium.
[1350–1400; Middle English sensitif(e) < Middle French sensitif < Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus]
sen′si•tive•ly, adv.
sen′si•tive•ness, n.

sensitive

Requiring special protection from disclosure that could cause embarrassment, compromise, or threat to the security of the sponsoring power. May be applied to an agency, installation, person, position, document, material, or activity.

sensible

sensitive
1. 'sensible'

A sensible person makes good decisions and judgements based on reason rather than emotion.

She was a sensible girl and did not panic.
2. 'sensitive'

Sensitive has two meanings.

A sensitive person is easily upset or offended by other people's remarks or behaviour.

He is quite sensitive about his weight.
A sensitive child can get very upset by people arguing.

If someone is sensitive, they show awareness or understanding of other people's feelings.

It would not be very sensitive to ask him about his divorce.
His experiences helped him become less selfish and more sensitive.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sensitive - someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the deadsensitive - someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead; "he consulted several mediums"
psychic - a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
Adj.1.sensitive - responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"
responsive - readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion; "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience"
sensible, sensitive - able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"
susceptible - (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of; "susceptible to colds"; "susceptible of proof"
insensitive - not responsive to physical stimuli; "insensitive to radiation"
2.sensitive - being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others; "sensitive to the local community and its needs"
responsive - readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion; "children are often the quickest and most responsive members of the audience"
insensitive - deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive; "insensitive to the needs of the patients"
3.sensitive - able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"
aware, cognisant, cognizant - (sometimes followed by `of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception; "was aware of his opponent's hostility"; "became aware of her surroundings"; "aware that he had exceeded the speed limit"
conscious - knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts; "remained conscious during the operation"; "conscious of his faults"; "became conscious that he was being followed"
sensitive - responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"
4.sensitive - hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw"
painful - causing physical or psychological pain; "worked with painful slowness"
5.sensitive - of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security
classified - official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation; "thousands of classified documents have now been declassified"

sensitive

adjective
2. delicate, tender, fragile, raw, painful, sore, easily damaged gentle cosmetics for sensitive skin
3. susceptible to, vulnerable to, responsive to, reactive to, sensitized to, easily affected by My eyes are overly sensitive to bright light.
4. touchy, defensive, paranoid, neurotic, uptight (informal), twitchy (informal), chippy (informal), thin-skinned, oversensitive, easily upset, easily offended, hyper-sensitive, easily hurt, umbrageous (rare) Young people are very sensitive about their appearance.
touchy tough, insensitive, callous, hard, hardened, uncaring, thick-skinned, unfeeling
5. tricky, difficult, delicate, thorny, touchy, ticklish Employment is a very sensitive issue.
6. secret, private, confidential, classified, hush-hush (informal) He instructed staff to shred sensitive documents.
7. precise, fine, acute, keen, responsive, perceptive an extremely sensitive microscope
precise imprecise, inexact, approximate, unperceptive

sensitive

adjective
1. Able to receive and respond to external stimuli:
2. Of or relating to sensation or the senses:
3. Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:
4. Readily stirred by emotion:
5. Showing sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
6. Requiring great tact or skill:
Translations
حَسّاسحَسَّاسمُرْهَف الحِس، ذو ذَوْقٍ رفيع
citlivý
følsom
herkkäaltis
osjetljiv
érzékenytúl érzékeny
hörundsártilfinninganæmurviîkvæmur, næmur
傷つきやすい敏感繊細
민감한
jautriai reaguojantisturintis subtilų meninį skonį
emocionālsizjustsjutīgsjūtīgssmalks
citlivý
dovzetenobčutljiv
känslig
ซึ่งไวต่อสิ่งกระตุ้น
nhạy cảm

sensitive

[ˈsensɪtɪv] ADJ
1. (= emotionally aware, responsive) [person] → sensible; [story, novel, film] → lleno de sensibilidad
to be sensitive to sthser sensible a algo, ser consciente de algo
2. (= touchy) [person] → susceptible
to be sensitive about sth: young people are very sensitive about their appearancea los jóvenes les preocupa mucho su aspecto
he is deeply sensitive to criticismes muy susceptible a las críticas
3. (= delicate) [issue, subject] → delicado; [region, area] → conflictivo
this is politically very sensitiveesto es muy conflictivo or muy delicado desde el punto de vista político
4. (= confidential) [document, report, information] → confidencial
5. (= easily affected) [skin] → delicado, sensible; [teeth] → sensible
6. (= highly responsive) [instrument] → sensible (Phot) [paper, film] → sensible (Fin) [market] → volátil
to be sensitive to light/heatser sensible a la luz/al calor

sensitive

[ˈsɛnsɪtɪv] adj
(= easily upset) [person] → sensible
She's very sensitive → Elle est très sensible.
to be sensitive about sth
He is very sensitive about it → C'est un point très sensible chez lui.
He is very sensitive about his weight → Son poids est un point très sensible chez lui.
(= aware of others' feelings) [person] → sensible; [remark] → aimable
to be sensitive to sth → être sensible à qch
The teacher must be sensitive to each child's needs → L'enseignant doit être sensible aux besoins de chaque enfant.
(= delicate) [skin, eyes] → sensible
to be sensitive to sth → être sensible à qch
[instrument] → sensible
(= controversial) [issue, topic] → sensible

sensitive

adj
(emotionally) personsensibel, empfindsam; (= easily hurt)empfindlich; (= understanding)einfühlsam; novel, film, remarkeinfühlend; to be sensitive about somethingin Bezug auf etw (acc)empfindlich sein; she is very sensitive to criticism/these thingssie reagiert sehr empfindlich auf Kritik/diese Dinge
(physically) instruments, part of body, leaves, plantsempfindlich; (Phot) emulsion, filmlichtempfindlich; (= delicate) balance, adjustmentfein; (fig) topic, issueheikel, prekär; sensitive to heat/lightwärme-/lichtempfindlich; his wound is sensitive to touchseine Wunde tut weh, wenn man sie berührt; he has access to some highly sensitive informationer hat Zugang zu streng vertraulichen Informationen; his visit comes at a sensitive timeer macht diesen Besuch zu einem schwierigen Zeitpunkt; just how sensitive are these figures?inwiefern sind diese Zahlen als vertraulich zu behandeln?

sensitive

[ˈsɛnsɪtɪv] adj (person, tooth, instrument, film) sensitive (to)sensibile (a); (delicate, skin, question) → delicato/a; (easily offended) → suscettibile
he is very sensitive about it → è meglio non toccare quel tasto con lui

sensitive

(ˈsensitiv) adjective
1. (usually with to) strongly or easily affected (by something). sensitive skin; sensitive to light.
2. (usually with about or to) easily hurt or offended. She is very sensitive to criticism.
3. having or showing artistic good taste. a sensitive writer; a sensitive performance.
ˈsensitively adverb
ˈsensitiveness noun
ˌsensiˈtivity noun

sensitive

حَسَّاس citlivý følsom empfindlich ευαίσθητος sensible herkkä sensible osjetljiv sensibile 傷つきやすい 민감한 gevoelig følsom wrażliwy sensível чувствительный känslig ซึ่งไวต่อสิ่งกระตุ้น duyarlı nhạy cảm 敏感的

sen·si·tive

a. sensitivo-a, sensible.

sensitive

adj sensible; (person, empathetic) sensible; (person, easily hurt) susceptible; (subject, delicate) delicado; a test sensitive for..una prueba sensible para...sensitive to her needs.. sensible a sus necesidades...He's so sensitive..Es tan susceptible...a sensitive subject..un tema delicado
References in classic literature ?
During the fifteen minutes that followed, the proud and sensitive little girl suffered a shame and pain which she never forgot.
The door opened; Miss Nellie and her music-master stood behind it, but blind Samson, who was so sensitive to presences, did not know they were there.
Woman, my dear friend, is a very peculiar and delicate organism--a sensitive and highly organized woman, such as I know Mrs.
It appeared as if the delicate and sensitive form of Alice would shrink into itself, as she listened to this proposal.
It was naturally tender, sensitive, and full of little tremors and palpitations; all of which weaknesses it retained, while her visage was growing so perversely stern, and even fierce.
It may be true that, to a sensitive observer, there was some thing exquisitely painful in it.
Just at this moment a plashy tramp by the side of the bridge caught the sensitive ear of Ichabod.
We expect of a small child a scant one, but there was in this beautiful little boy something extraordinarily sensitive, yet extraordinarily happy, that, more than in any creature of his age I have seen, struck me as beginning anew each day.
Perhaps I was over sensitive to such impressions at the time, but I could not help staring at this gallows with a vague misgiving.
I remember he was riding me toward home one morning when we saw a powerful man driving toward us in a light pony chaise, with a beautiful little bay pony, with slender legs and a high-bred sensitive head and face.
Then, too, he was in a beautiful place, a consideration to which his sensitive race was never indifferent; and he did enjoy with a quiet joy the birds, the flowers, the fountains, the perfume, and light and beauty of the court, the silken hangings, and pictures, and lustres, and statuettes, and gilding, that made the parlors within a kind of Aladdin's palace to him.
You can't think how curiously sensitive and proud he is.