• WordNet 3.6
    • n sensitiveness the ability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
    • n sensitiveness the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences "a galvanometer of extreme sensitivity","the sensitiveness of Mimosa leaves does not depend on a change of growth"
    • n sensitiveness (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation "sensitivity to pain"
    • n sensitiveness sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Birds are largely unaffected by spicy things, like chilies, as they not sensitive to capsaicin, the hot stuff in chilies.
    • n sensitiveness The property or character of being sensitive; especially, tendency or disposition to be easily influenced or affected by external objects, events, or circumstances: as, abnormal sensitiveness; the sensitiveness of a balance or some fine mechanism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • n Sensitiveness the state of being sensitive: keen sensibility: the state of being delicately adjusted, as a balance:
    • n Sensitiveness (chem.) the state of being readily affected by the action of appropriate agents
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  • Zig Ziglar
    “Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence Of Others?”
  • 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.”
  • Barbara De Angelis
    “Men are just as sensitive, and in some ways more sensitive, than women are.”
  • Jane Harrison
    Jane Harrison
    “To be womanly is one thing, and one only; it is to be sensitive to man, to be highly endowed with the sex instinct; to be manly is to be sensitive to woman.”
  • Dan Quayle
    “People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.”


In literature:

For all her sensitive shrinking she could not, at this critical turning-point, stand outside.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
This kind of connection we shall term sensitive association.
"Zoonomia, Vol. I" by Erasmus Darwin
Great lenses are so sensitive that one cannot go near them without throwing them discernibly out of shape.
"Among the Forces" by Henry White Warren
Burr was the more sensitive and the more impulsive of the two.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
It carries the classic name of Athenaeum; but the first view of it occasioned in my sensitive constitution a sinking of the heart.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
It was not the fear of ridicule, but a certain sensitiveness of spirit, which caused him to shrink from the act.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 78, April, 1864" by Various
He was, even in his earlier years, exquisitely sensitive.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, No. 74, December, 1863" by Various
These glances would have pierced like spears any finer and more sensitive spirit.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
I'm not so sensitive myself.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
But Diane had flashed and mocked him as a child when he was sensitive and lonely.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple

In poetry:

Those eyes which so lately you gaz'd on with pleasure,
Ah! how can you see them o'erflowing with tears?
I feel that a sensitive being's a treasure,
Who pays in possession the wishes of years.
"Alas! Forgive Me" by Charlotte Dacre
Oh ! give me the maid with a heart that can feel,
Whose soul with the chain of affection is twin'd,
And a brow on which pity hath set her soft seal ; —
Oh ! give me the maid with a sensitive mind.
"I Speak Not of Beauty" by Mary Anne Browne
The lady at the corner wicket
Sold me a stamp, I stooped to lick it,
And on the envelope to stick it;
A spinster lacking girlish grace,
Yet sweetly sensitive, her face
Seemed to en-star that stodgy place.
"Post Office Romance" by Robert W Service
To-night I close my eyes and see
A strange procession passing me—
The years before I saw your face
Go by me with a wistful grace;
They pass, the sensitive, shy years,
As one who strives to dance, half blind with tears.
"The Years" by Sara Teasdale
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
For you're sensitive,
In many ways very finely bred.
But bred in conceit that the world is all for love
Of you, my bitch: till you get so far you eat filth.
Fool, in spite of your pretty ways, and quaint, know all,
wrinkled old aunty's face.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence

In news:

Sight, sound, smell, and touch seem to become more sensitized the moment you see this spectacular valley from Inspiration Point.
Crocodile , alligator jaws more sensitive than human fingertips.
Crocodile jaws are more sensitive than human fingertips.
Lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina underscore the need for post-disaster nursing care that is more sensitive to the cultural needs of communities of color.
Could a dietary no-no be the one thing that soothes dry, sensitive skin.
Contact lens wearers or people with fair skin like Emma Stone often have sensitivities.
But eShades, which look like a pair of oversized sunglasses, let you switch off the laptop monitor and view sensitive material privately.
"Unfortunately, companies and institutions of all sizes are vulnerable to serious P2P-related breaches, placing consumers' sensitive information at risk," FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz said in a news release.
In Florida — where an extremely sensitive environment is also part of the allocation of water — state government is utilizing a variety of approaches to deal with the shrinking freshwater pool.
Sensitive to the Holy Spirit .
In these financially sensitive times, travel is more of a luxury than ever.
We hope this lawsuit will force schools to think more critically about teaching this important but sensitive subject.
IBM on Friday said it had developed software that will allow consumers to make purchases and other sensitive transactions on the Web without disclosing their identity.
It is known that they are especially sensitive to initial conditions.
Red Sox fans are still a little sensitive about cutting ties with longtime favorite Kevin Youkilis.

In science:

Such high sensitivity is inconsistent with our knowledge of palaeoclimate and the model cases which provide the extremes do not seem likely (due to poor representation of contemporary climate): thus if such a sensitivity was observed, it would indicate moving to a markedly different climate state.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres
This is due to three reasons: (1) sensitivities are restricted to aspects of the estimation that are not typically of interest, (2) the situations considered are unfairly extreme, or (3) that close scrutiny of published results does not actually support sensitivity to misspecification.
Misspecifying the Shape of a Random Effects Distribution: Why Getting It Wrong May Not Matter
The next example shows that with non-sensitive information, the adversary could infer the sensitive information of t with a probability higher than ρ2 , even if ρ1 -ρ2 privacy is ensured.
Randomization Resilient To Sensitive Reconstruction
The NP sensitivity analysis shows that these observables are quite sensitive to complementary NP effects.
Complete Anatomy of B -> K*ll and its angular distribution
Note that the XMM-Newton instruments have a slightly better sensitivity than Chandra for 100 ks, while SWIFT /BAT is characterized by almost the same sensitivity limit as IBIS/ISGRI within the range from 15 keV up to ∼ 300 keV.
Multiwavelength Astronomy and CTA: X-rays