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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US, UK) IPA(key): /ˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
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AdjectiveEdit

sensitive (comparative more sensitive, superlative most sensitive)

  1. having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, 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.
  2. Responsive to stimuli.
  3. (of a person) easily offended, upset or hurt
    Max is very sensitive; he cried today because of the bad news.
  4. (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.
  5. meant to be concealed or kept secret.
    These are highly sensitive documents.
  6. (of an instrument) accurate
  7. (archaic) Having paranormal abilities that can be controlled through mesmerism.

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NounEdit

sensitive (plural sensitives)

  1. one with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive
    • 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.

FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sensitive

  1. feminine singular of sensitif

NounEdit

sensitive f (plural sensitives)

  1. sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica)

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sensitive

  1. Feminine plural of adjective sensitivo.

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LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sēnsitive

  1. vocative masculine singular of sēnsitivus

Norwegian BokmålEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sensitive

  1. definite singular of sensitiv
  2. plural of sensitiv

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

sensitive

  1. definite singular of sensitiv
  2. plural of sensitiv