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INSENSITIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insensitive mean? 

INSENSITIVE (adjective)
  The adjective INSENSITIVE has 2 senses:

1. not responsive to physical stimuli
2. deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

  Familiarity information: INSENSITIVE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSENSITIVE (adjective)


Sense 1insensitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not responsive to physical stimuli

Context example:

insensitive to radiation

Similar:

unreactive (not tending to react to stimulation)

dead; deadened (devoid of physical sensation; numb)

desensitised; desensitized (made less sensitive)

Also:

unresponsive (not responding to some influence or stimulus)

insensible (incapable of physical sensation)

insusceptible; unsusceptible (not susceptible to)

Attribute:

sensitiveness; sensitivity (the ability to respond to physical stimuli or to register small physical amounts or differences)

Antonym:

sensitive (responsive to physical stimuli)


Sense 2insensitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

Context example:

insensitive to the needs of the patients

Similar:

dead; numb ((followed by 'to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive)

callous; indurate; pachydermatous (emotionally hardened)

dull (blunted in responsiveness or sensibility)

insensible; unaffected (unaware of or indifferent to)

soulless (lacking sensitivity or the capacity for deep feeling)

thick-skinned; tough-skinned (insensitive to criticism)

desensitised; desensitized (rendered emotionally insensitive)

Also:

insensible (incapable of physical sensation)

unresponsive (not responding to some influence or stimulus)

hard (dispassionate)

tough (not given to gentleness or sentimentality)

Attribute:

sensitiveness; sensitivity (sensitivity to emotional feelings (of self and others))

Antonym:

sensitive (being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others)


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