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sensitive Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
    spiritualist; medium.
    • he consulted several mediums
  2. adjective responsive to physical stimuli
    • a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch
    • a sensitive voltmeter
    • sensitive skin
    • sensitive to light
  3. adjective being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
    • sensitive to the local community and its needs
  4. adjective able to feel or perceive
    • even amoeba are sensible creatures
    • the more sensible parts of the skin
  5. adjective satellite hurting
    raw; tender; sore.
    • the tender spot on his jaw
  6. adjective satellite of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

Sen"si*tive adjective
F. sensitif. See Sense.
  1. Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; as, a sensitive soul.
  2. 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. Macaulay.
  3. (a) (Mech.) Having a capacity of being easily affected or moved; as, a sensitive thermometer; sensitive scales. (b) (Chem. & Photog.) 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.
  4. Serving to affect the sense; sensible. R.
    A sensitive love of some sensitive objects. Hammond.
  5. Of or pertaining to sensation; depending on sensation; as, sensitive motions; sensitive muscular motions excited by irritation. E. Darwin. -- Sen"si*tive*ly adv. -- Sen"si*tive*ness, n.

Webster 1913