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- sensative (archaic)
- (US, UK) enPR: sĕn'sĭtĭv, IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
- (pin–pen merger) IPA(key): /ˈsɪnsɪtɪv/
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- Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition III, section 1, member 2, subsection i:
- The sensitive faculty most part overrules reason, the soul is carried hoodwinked, and the understanding captive like a beast.
- Responsive to stimuli.
- 1947 January and February, O. S. Nock, “"The Aberdonian" in Wartime”, in Railway Magazine, page 9:
- The engine seemed a little sensitive to wet rails, and in consequence the uphill work was not so good north of Dundee as it had been earlier. But I have noted this same "touchiness" on the part of the "A4s", and other modern British 4-6-2s, so that in this respect No. 2006 proved no exception.
- (of a person) Easily offended, upset, or hurt.
- Max is very sensitive; he cried today because of the bad news.
- (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.
- Meant to be concealed or kept secret.
- These are highly sensitive documents.
- Being aware of the feelings of others and taking care not to offend them.
- Thank you for being sensitive.
- Important, intricate, and requiring great delicacy.
- The president's untimely statement disrupted some very sensitive negotiations.
- (of an instrument) Accurate; able to register small changes in some property.
- (archaic) Having paranormal abilities that can be controlled through mesmerism.
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having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses
responsive to stimuli
capable of offending
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sensitive (plural sensitives)
- A person with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.
- 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 72:
- [I]t is quite certain that many of their fears were unfounded, and centred upon perfectly innocent people - especially those who were what we now call "mediumistic" or "sensitives".
- 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.
sensitive f (plural sensitives)
Further reading edit
- “sensitive”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
sensitive f pl
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