From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishinsensitivein‧sen‧si‧tive /ɪnˈsensətɪv/ adjective 🔊 🔊 1NOTICEUNKINDnot noticing, or not taking the care to notice, other people’s feelings, and not realizing when they are upset or when something that you do will upset them 🔊 One insensitive official insisted on seeing her husband’s death certificate. 🔊 an insensitive remarkinsensitive to 🔊 She’s totally insensitive to Jack’s feelings.► see thesaurus at unkind2ATTENTION[not before noun] not paying attention to what is happening or to what people are saying, and therefore not changing your behaviour because of itinsensitive to 🔊 Companies that are insensitive to global changes will lose sales. 🔊 The service is insensitive to the needs of local people.3FEEL HOT/COLD/TIRED ETC[not before noun] not affected by physicaleffects or changesinsensitive to 🔊 insensitive to pain —insensitively adverb —insensitivity /ɪnˌsensəˈtɪvəti/ noun [uncountable]
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insensitive• How could you be so insensitive?• Kelsey denies making racially insensitivestatements.• Doctors sometimes seem insensitive to their patients' feelings.insensitive to• She's totally insensitive to Jack's feelings.• The material is insensitive to light.• Some people are more insensitive topain than others.• The state government is insensitive to the needs of the poor and minorities.