sensitive - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    reacting quickly or strongly to something

    Bats have extremely sensitive ears.

    light-sensitive materials

    sensitive to:

    Coral is very sensitive to changes in water temperature.

    1. a.
      likely to become angry or upset easily

      If I’d known she was so sensitive, I wouldn’t have teased her.

      sensitive to:

      Kyle takes his work seriously and is sensitive to criticism.

  2. 3
    showing that you care about someone or something and do not want to cause offence

    This is a case that needs sensitive and skilful handling.

    sensitive to:

    The police should be more sensitive to the needs of local communities.

derived word


noun [uncountable]