sensitive

sensitive
/'sensifitIv/ adjective
1 UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE able to understand other people's feelings and problems: Underneath all that macho stuff, he's really a sensitive guy.
(+ to): We must be sensitive to the community's needs. —opposite insensitive
2 EASILY OFFENDED easily hurt, upset, or offended by things that people say: Don't be so sensitive - I wasn't criticizing you!
(+ about): Lara's very sensitive about her figure. | sensitive soul (=someone who is easily upset by small or unimportant things) —see also: hypersensitive
3 COLD/PAIN ETC able to feel physical sensations, especially pain, more than usual: Make sure you protect sensitive areas of your skin with a good suncream. | be sensitive to sth: Ruth is very sensitive to cold.
4 ART/MUSIC ETC able to understand or express yourself through art, music, literature etc: a sensitive musician | a very sensitive performance
5 SITUATIONS/SUBJECTS a situation or subject that is sensitive needs to be dealt with very carefully because it may offend people or make them angry: Sorry I didn't realize it was such a sensitive issue.
6 HEAT/LIGHT ETC able to measure or react to very small changes in heat, light etc: We need a more sensitive thermometer for this. | highly sensitive (=very sensitive): a highly sensitive electronic camera
(+ to): film that is sensitive to ultraviolet light. | light-sensitive/heat-sensitive etc: light-sensitive photographic paper — sensitively adverb — sensitivity noun (U) — also sensitiveness noun (U)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • Sensitive — Sen si*tive, a. [F. sensitif. See {Sense}.] 1. Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; as, a sensitive soul. [1913 Webster] 2. Having quick and acute sensibility, either to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sensitive — Sensitive. s. f. Espece de plante, qu on appelle ainsi, parce qu elle semble avoir du sentiment, & s éloigner de celuy qui la veut toucher. La grande sensitive. la petite sensitive …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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