sensitive

Sensitive describes something or someone who reacts quickly and strongly. It's often something to protect — like baby skin, government documents, or a fragile ecosystem.

Anything sensitive should be treated with special care. It can mean "raw or hurting" when talking about a part of the body. After people visit the dentist, their gums are often sensitive because of the way that big angry lady cleaned their teeth. Sensitive people get their feelings hurt easily. Sensitive documents have big secrets that shouldn't get out. A sensitive tape recorder catches all the little background sounds. Now you should have a sense of the word sensitive.

Definitions of sensitive
  1. adjective
    responsive to physical stimuli
    “a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch”
    “a sensitive voltmeter”
    sensitive skin”
    sensitive to light”
    Synonyms:
    responsive
    readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion
    sensible
    able to feel or perceive
    delicate
    of an instrument or device; capable of registering minute differences or changes precisely
    erogenous
    sensitive to sexual stimulation
    excitable, irritable
    capable of responding to stimuli
    highly sensitive
    readily affected by various agents
    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, responsive
    reacting to a stimulus
    susceptible
    (often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of
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    Antonyms:
    insensitive
    not responsive to physical stimuli
    unresponsive
    not responding to some influence or stimulus
    insensible
    incapable of physical sensation
    dead, deadened
    devoid of physical sensation; numb
    unreactive
    not tending to react to stimulation
    insusceptible, unsusceptible
    not susceptible to
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  2. adjective
    able to feel or perceive
    synonyms: sensible
    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
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    Antonyms:
    insensible
    incapable of physical sensation
    incognizant, unaware
    (often followed by `of') not aware
    unconscious
    not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead
    anaesthetic, anesthetic
    characterized by insensibility
    asleep, benumbed, numb
    lacking sensation
    insensitive
    not responsive to physical stimuli
    insensitive
    deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
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  3. adjective
    being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
    sensitive to the local community and its needs”
    Synonyms:
    responsive
    readily reacting or replying to people or events or stimuli; showing emotion
    alive
    (followed by `to' or `of') aware of
    feisty, huffy, thin-skinned, touchy
    quick to take offense
    oversensitive
    unduly sensitive or thin-skinned
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    Antonyms:
    insensitive
    deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
    hard
    dispassionate
    unresponsive
    not responding to some influence or stimulus
    insensible
    incapable of physical sensation
    callous, indurate, pachydermatous
    emotionally hardened
    dead, numb
    (followed by `to') not showing human feeling or sensitivity; unresponsive
    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
    tough
    not given to gentleness or sentimentality
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  4. adjective
    hurting
    synonyms: raw, sore, tender
    painful
    causing physical or psychological pain
  5. adjective
    of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security
    Synonyms:
    classified
    official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation
  6. noun
    someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
    synonyms: medium, spiritualist
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    type of:
    psychic
    a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
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