sensitive

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus.

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Adjective[edit]

sensitive (comparative more sensitive, superlative most sensitive)

  1. having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, III.1.2.i:
      The sensitive faculty most part overrules reason, the soul is carried hoodwinked, and the understanding captive like a beast.
  2. Responsive to stimuli.
  3. (of a person) easily offended, upset or hurt
    Max is very sensitive; he cried today because of the bad news.
  4. (of an issue, topic, etc.) capable of offending, upsetting or hurting
    Religion is often a sensitive topic of discussion and should be avoided when dealing with foreign business associates.
  5. (of an instrument) accurate

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Noun[edit]

sensitive (plural sensitives)

  1. one with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive
    • 2003, Frederic W.H. Myers, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death Part 2
      Swedenborg was one of the leading savants of Europe; it would be absurd to place any of our sensitives on the same intellectual level.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sensitive

  1. feminine singular of sensitif

Noun[edit]

sensitive f (plural sensitives)

  1. sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica)

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sensitive f pl

  1. Feminine plural of adjective sensitivo.

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sensitive

  1. vocative masculine singular of sensitivus

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sensitive

  1. definite singular of sensitiv
  2. plural of sensitiv

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sensitive

  1. definite singular of sensitiv
  2. plural of sensitiv