Definition of "sensitive" []

  • Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses. (adjective)
  • Responsive to external conditions or stimulation. (adjective)
  • Susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others. (adjective)
  • Quick to take offense; touchy. (adjective)
  • Easily irritated: sensitive skin. (adjective)
  • Having the power of sensation (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Responsive to or aware of feelings, moods, reactions, etc (adjective)
  • Easily irritated; delicate (adjective)
  • Affected by external conditions or stimuli (adjective)
  • Easily offended (adjective)
  • Of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation (adjective)
  • Capable of registering small differences or changes in amounts, quality, etc (adjective)
  • Having a high sensitivity (adjective)
  • Connected with matters affecting national security, esp through access to classified information (adjective)
  • (of a stock market or prices) quickly responsive to external influences and thus fluctuating or tending to fluctuate (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "sensitive" in a sentence
  • "But, nonetheless, I'm sure that there are many stupid people who believe that the word sensitive translates into sissy."
  • "Off the site that night, and through the next day, we did what they call sensitive site exploitation, and we did pick up quite a bit of stuff out of the house, the safe house there."
  • "We've also organized some units to do this and embedded in other units, for example within some of our Special Operations units and some of our forward-operating units, the ability to do what we call sensitive site exploitation, the ability to go into a place, to examine it in detail with the right knowledge, with the right equipment, related to weapons of mass destruction."