Online English learning Courses
    courses   dictionary
Double-click any word on the page to look it up in the dictionary.

Audio » Dictionary » I » Inquisitively ... Inside-out


Pronunciation (US): 

 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]


Not responsive to physical stimuli

Context example:

insensitive to radiation


unreactive (not tending to react to stimulation)

dead; deadened (devoid of physical sensation; numb)

desensitised; desensitized (made less sensitive)


unresponsive (not responding to some influence or stimulus)

insensible (incapable of physical sensation)

insusceptible; unsusceptible (not susceptible to)


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


sensitive (responsive to physical stimuli)

Sense 2insensitive [BACK TO TOP]


Deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive

Context example:

insensitive to the needs of the patients


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)


insensible (incapable of physical sensation)

unresponsive (not responding to some influence or stimulus)

hard (dispassionate)

tough (not given to gentleness or sentimentality)


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


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

 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Old is gold." (English proverb)

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." (Thomas Haynes Bayly)

"The best to sit with in all times is a book." (Arabic proverb)

"Trust yourself and your horse." (Croatian proverb)

 INSENSITIVE: related words searches 

Page delivered in 0.04 seconds