|Origin:||sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus, from Latin sensus; SENSE1|
sen‧si‧tive S3 W3
able to understand other people's feelings and problems [≠ insensitive]:
a sensitive and intelligent young man
It's made me much more sensitive to the needs of the disabled.
easily upset or offended by events or things that people say:
a very sensitive child
Laura's sensitive about her weight.
Throughout her career she remained very sensitive to criticism.
sensitive soul British English (=someone who is easily upset by small or unimportant things)➔ hypersensitive
easily affected or damaged by something such as a substance or temperature:
Wetlands are environmentally sensitive areas.
a baby's sensitive skin
Older people tend to be very sensitive to cold.
Increasing numbers of people are sensitive to cow's milk.
a situation or subject that is sensitive needs to be dealt with very carefully, because it is secret or because it may offend people:
Abortion is a very sensitive issue.
sensitive matters such as national security
highly sensitive information
reacting to very small changes in light, temperature, position etc:
reacting to changes
a highly sensitive electronic camera
light-sensitive photographic paper
able to understand or express yourself through art, music, literature etc:
a very sensitive performance
—sensitively adverb:WORD FOCUS: difficult
It is an issue which needs to be handled sensitively.
difficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, daunting
difficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishing
difficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchy
words for describing a difficult person: awkward, trying
words for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile
➔ See also difficult