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SENSITIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sensitive mean? 

SENSITIVE (noun)
  The noun SENSITIVE has 1 sense:

1. someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

  Familiarity information: SENSITIVE used as a noun is very rare.


SENSITIVE (adjective)
  The adjective SENSITIVE has 5 senses:

1. responsive to physical stimuli
2. being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
3. able to feel or perceive
4. hurting
5. of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

  Familiarity information: SENSITIVE used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SENSITIVE (noun)


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Meaning:

Someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

sensitive; spiritualist; medium

Context example:

he consulted several mediums

Hypernyms ("sensitive" is a kind of...):

psychic (a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception)


SENSITIVE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Responsive to physical stimuli

Context examples:

a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch / a sensitive voltmeter / sensitive skin / sensitive to light

Similar:

irritable (abnormally sensitive to a stimulus)

light-sensitive; photosensitive (sensitive to visible light)

radiosensitive (sensitive to radiation)

nociceptive (caused by or in response to pain)

reactive (tending to react to a stimulus)

highly sensitive (readily affected by various agents)

excitable; irritable (capable of responding to stimuli)

erogenous (sensitive to sexual stimulation)

delicate (of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely)

Also:

susceptible ((often followed by 'of' or 'to') yielding readily to or capable of)

responsive (readily reacting to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion)

sensible; sensitive (able to feel or perceive)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

insensitive (not responsive to physical stimuli)


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Meaning:

Being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others

Context example:

sensitive to the local community and its needs

Similar:

alive ((followed by 'to' or 'of') aware of)

feisty; huffy; thin-skinned; touchy (quick to take offense)

oversensitive (unduly sensitive or thin-skinned)

responsive (readily reacting to suggestions, influences, appeals or efforts)

Also:

responsive (readily reacting to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

insensitive (deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive)


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Meaning:

Able to feel or perceive

Synonyms:

sensible; sensitive

Context examples:

even amoeba are sensible creatures / the more sensible parts of the skin

Also:

aware; cognisant; cognizant ((sometimes followed by 'of') having or showing knowledge or understanding or realization or perception)

conscious (knowing and perceiving; having awareness of surroundings and sensations and thoughts)

sensitive (responsive to physical stimuli)


Sense 4sensitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hurting

Synonyms:

sore; tender; sensitive; raw

Context example:

the tender spot on his jaw

Similar:

painful (causing physical or psychological pain)


Sense 5sensitive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

Similar:

classified (official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation)


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