• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sensitive of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security
    • adj sensitive hurting "the tender spot on his jaw"
    • adj sensitive able to feel or perceive "even amoeba are sensible creatures","the more sensible parts of the skin"
    • adj sensitive responsive to physical stimuli "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch","a sensitive voltmeter","sensitive skin","sensitive to light"
    • adj sensitive being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others "sensitive to the local community and its needs"
    • n sensitive someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead "he consulted several mediums"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
    • Sensitive Having a capacity of being easily affected or moved; as, a sensitive thermometer; sensitive scales.
    • Sensitive Having quick and acute sensibility, either to the action of external objects, or to impressions upon the mind and feelings; highly susceptible; easily and acutely affected. "She was too sensitive to abuse and calumny."
    • Sensitive Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; as, a sensitive soul.
    • Sensitive Of or pertaining to sensation; depending on sensation; as, sensitive motions; sensitive muscular motions excited by irritation.
    • Sensitive Readily affected or changed by certain appropriate agents; as, silver chloride or bromide, when in contact with certain organic substances, is extremely sensitive to actinic rays.
    • Sensitive Serving to affect the sense; sensible. "A sensitive love of some sensitive objects."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The little overhang of bone and feathers over an eagle's eye is there to protect the sensitive eyeball from the mountain and desert sun. It's not meant to make the bird look fierce.
    • sensitive Of, pertaining to, or affecting the senses; depending on the senses.
    • sensitive Having sense, sensibility, or feeling; capable of receiving impressions from external objects: often extended, figuratively, to various inanimate objects.
    • sensitive Of keen sensibility; keenly susceptible of external influences or impressions; easily and acutely affected or moved by outward circumstances or impressions: as, a sensitive person, or a person of sensitive nature: figuratively extended to inanimate objects.
    • sensitive Specifically.
    • sensitive In entomology, noting parts of the surface of the antennæ: which are peculiarly modified and, it is supposed, subservient to some special sense. These surfaces exhibit an immense number of microscopical pores, covered with a very delicate transparent membrane; they may be generally diffused over the joints or variously arranged in patches, the position of which has been used in the classification of certain families of Coleoptera.
    • sensitive Susceptible in a notable degree to hypnotism; easily hypnotized or mesmerized.
    • sensitive Noting a condition of feverish liability to fluctuation: said of markets, securities, or commodities.
    • sensitive So delicately adjusted as to respond quickly to very slight changes of condition: said of instruments, as a balance.
    • sensitive In chem. and photography, readily affected by the action of appropriate agents: as, iodized paper is sensitive to the action of light.
    • sensitive Sensible; wise; judicious.
    • sensitive Synonyms and Sentient, etc. See sensible.
    • n sensitive Something that feels; a sensorium.
    • n sensitive A sensitive person; specifically, one who is sensitive to mesmeric or hypnotic influences or experiments. See I., 3 .
    • n sensitive the common sense in the Aristotelian use.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During menstruation, the sensitivity of a woman's middle finger is reduced.
    • adj Sensitive having sense or feeling: susceptible to sensations: easily affected: pertaining to, or depending on, sensation
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  • Zig Ziglar
    “Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence Of Others?”
  • P. J. O'Rourke
    “Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishment could there be?”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.”
  • Alfred Adler
    “Exaggerated sensitiveness is an expression of the feeling of inferiority.”
  • Emily Post
    Emily Post
    “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sensitif,. See Sense
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sensussentīre, to feel.


In literature:

All sensitive souls choose the first, monsters choose the second.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
He was always very sensitive to pain and discomfort.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
The fingers were sensitively slim, with shapely blue nails, and without knobs or swollen joints.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Michael is sensitive, and has been deeply in love with you.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
But if he had the same sensitiveness, how inferior were his means of expressing it!
"The Fruit of the Tree" by Edith Wharton
But the philosophy which shows this to be true never lessened one iota the pain which the man of sensitive nature suffers.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
Second day, sensitiveness to light of candle (3).
"The Mind of the Child, Part II" by W. Preyer
Karara, the dolphins, the Hawaikans, were all too sensitive to the barrier.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
But we may admit that an intensely sensitive nature is a bad qualification for a public career.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
An exquisite sensitiveness of the nerves of sense, imagination exalted, memory goaded, reason and judgment overthrown.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 80, June, 1864" by Various

In poetry:

A sensitive soul and tender
The flung—away lily found:
He had seen it in hours of splendour,
So he lifted it from the ground.
"A Snow-White Lily" by Alfred Austin
O Burns! thy life was sad, we know,
Thy sensitive and fertile mind
Had to withstand full many a blow,
Dealt by the ignorant and blind.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
With sensitives I may compare,
While I their various natures share:
Their distinct names may justly suit
A strange, a reasonable brute.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
The rosebud, sign of youthful charms,
We well may give to thee,
And with it join the sweet frail leaves
Of the shrinking sensitive tree.
"To A Beautiful Child On Her Birthday With A Wreath Of Flowers" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Some golden sympathetic cords unseen,
Unite their souls as if with bands of steel,
So finely strung, so sensitively keen,
The slightest touch all in the circle feel.
"The Intellectual Telegraph" by David John Scott
The years went by and never knew
That each one brought me nearer you;
Their path was narrow and apart
And yet it led me to your heart—
Oh, sensitive, shy years, oh, lonely years,
That strove to sing with voices drowned in tears.
"The Years" by Sara Teasdale

In news:

Touch a young sensitive briar and watch the leaves close up.
The job of state elections director is one of the most politically sensitive jobs in Oregon.
The value of using cancer cell lines for drug sensitivity investigation has recently come under fire.
Over the winter 110 acres of trees in a highly sensitive, very visible Gorge hillside were chopped down.
Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger Sensitive plants will be damaged or killed if not protected from frost.
And the best part ladies, Clinique is for women of all color, all skin types and very sensitive skin.
High winds and waves pushed oil from the massive slick in the Gulf of Mexico ashore in Louisiana, threatening sensitive coastal wildlife and commercial fisheries.
If you are incredibly sensitive about food-related stories, don't read this.
Strong performances and nimble direction combine to make this sensitive road film a trip worth taking.
"I would like to extend my thanks to Lisa Ling for the courtesy, sensitivity and respect she demonstrated during our interviews and the filming at our 35th annual conference," wrote Chambe...
Cutting Ball Theater's "Tenderloin" hits a sensitive zone.
Sensitivity footprint of Telestar 5.
On one level, it's sort of a sensitive topic.
Machine Tool Temperature-Sensitivity Research Awarded.
Machine Tool Temperature-Sensitivity Research Awarded.

In science:

Some indices are well known to be more age sensitive (e.g. hydrogen Balmer lines), or metalliticity sensitive (e.g.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
Thus, any effect in the atmosphere which is sensitive to those wavelengths, will be sensitive to the solar activity.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Therefore, g ′ is more sensitive to amplification but less sensitive to absorption than δ .
Effects of localization and amplification on distribution of intensity transmitted through random media
For GRFs, the sensitivity was found to depend exponentially on PSF width, one is trading sensitivity for position resolution.
Coded mask imaging of extended sources with Gaussian random fields
By design, the four 250 ks E-CDF-S observations have their regions of highest sensitivity located where the sensitivity of the original ≈1 Ms CDF-S observation is poorest (see Table 1 and Figures 2 and 17).
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs