insensitivity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n insensitivity the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
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Quotations

  • Jean Genet
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    “There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter.”

Usage

In literature:

He could not get over his insensitiveness.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
Ah, the insensitiveness of that firm tread!
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
He, as he now saw, had erred grossly in supposing her insensitive, and therefore slow of a woman's understanding.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
Even publishers, normally an insensitive race are shaken, and books that were to have been issued have been held back.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, May 14, 1919" by Various
One wonders he had the heart to do it, but the clerical mind is sometimes strangely insensitive to the privacy of thought.
"In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays" by Augustine Birrell
Occasionally a cell will persist in remaining in the insensitive state.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 492, June 6, 1885" by Various
Her insensitive calm frightened Mr. Prohack.
"Mr. Prohack" by E. Arnold Bennett
Those who call the art of Matisse slight must either be insensitive or know little of it.
"Since Cézanne" by Clive Bell
But Marcus Aurelius belonged to a race peculiarly insensitive to beauty.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
The human body is quite insensitive to these etheric waves.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
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In news:

These views are extreme and insensitive to all women.
Wife blind to husband's insensitivity .
Actions by Milwaukee police after the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy created suspicions of racial insensitivity and damaged community trust in the Police Department, according to a report.
Police Insensitivity Cited After Wis.
Shedding light on the 'Darkness': Vidalia business owner's insensitivity causes local Facebook backlash.
Sal Pace blasts Tipton campaign's insensitivity to working Americans.
Togo ban underscores CAF's insensitivity .
Insensitivity to Food's Fat Content Seen as Obesity Factor.
Interim Chancellor responds to "culturally insensitive language incident".
Oregon State cancels 'blackout' as racially insensitive .
Interim Chancellor responds to "culturally insensitive language incident".
Avoid protracted, insensitive interrogations .
"In the commission's view, the judge 's remarks reflected outdated, biased and insensitive views about sexual assault victims who do not 'put up a fight,' " the agency said in a news release Thursday.
The agreement comes in a decades-old controversy that has included lawsuits, legislation, NCAA threats and a statewide vote about whether the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian-head logo were insensitive to local tribes.
An Israeli commission set up to investigate the dumping of blood donations from Ethiopian Jews for fear of AIDS concluded today that discarding the blood, while insensitive, was medically sound.
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In science:

Thus, the random lattice’s pseudoscalar masses are affected solely by the geometry of the lattice and are insensitive to adjustments to the coupling constant.
QCD, Symmetry Breaking and the Random Lattice
This result is insensitive to lower order terms in the equations.
Problems which are well-posed in a generalized sense with applications to the Einstein equations
This supports results from S06 that our adopted SF+SN algorithm is relatively insensitive to resolution.
Forming Disk Galaxies in Lambda CDM Simulations
We find that our estimates for the cosmological parameters from BBV 0.6 are relatively insensitive to changes in the cut on the color excess, but the same cannot be said of the mB fits.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
Furthermore, individual SNe may have quite different weights in the two fits, which partially removes the insensitivity to systematics.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe
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