sensitive

From Middle French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus.

English

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Pronunciation

  • (US, UK) enPR: sĕn'sĭtĭv, IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
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Adjective

sensitive (comparative more sensitive, superlative most sensitive)

  1. Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition III, section 1, member 2, subsection i:
      The sensitive faculty most part overrules reason, the soul is carried hoodwinked, and the understanding captive like a beast.
  2. Responsive to stimuli.
  3. (of a person) Easily offended, upset, or hurt.
    Max is very sensitive; he cried today because of the bad news.
  4. (of an issue, topic, etc.) Capable of offending, upsetting, or hurting.
    Religion is often a sensitive topic of discussion and should be avoided when dealing with foreign business associates.
  5. Meant to be concealed or kept secret.
    These are highly sensitive documents.
  6. Important, intricate, and requiring great delicacy.
    The president's untimely statement disrupted some very sensitive negotiations.
  7. (of an instrument) Accurate; able to register small changes in some property.
  8. (archaic) Having paranormal abilities that can be controlled through mesmerism.

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Noun

sensitive (plural sensitives)

  1. A person with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 72:
      [I]t is quite certain that many of their fears were unfounded, and centred upon perfectly innocent people - especially those who were what we now call "mediumistic" or "sensitives".
    • 2003, Frederic W.H. Myers, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death Part 2
      Swedenborg was one of the leading savants of Europe; it would be absurd to place any of our sensitives on the same intellectual level.

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

sensitive

  1. feminine singular of sensitif

Noun

sensitive f (plural sensitives)

  1. sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica)

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Italian

Adjective

sensitive f pl

  1. feminine plural of sensitivo

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Latin

Adjective

sēnsitīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of sēnsitīvus

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

sensitive

  1. definite singular of sensitiv
  2. plural of sensitiv

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

sensitive

  1. definite singular of sensitiv
  2. plural of sensitiv