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Synonyms for sensitive
ˈsɛn sɪ tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. medium, spiritualist, sensitive(adj)

    someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead

    "he consulted several mediums"

    spiritualist, mass medium, metier, medium, culture medium

    thick-skinned, tough-skinned, unaffected(p), unclassified, pachydermatous, insensitive, indurate, dull, dead, numb(p), insensible(p), painless, unreactive, soulless, dead(p), deadened, callous

  2. sensitive(adj)

    responsive to physical stimuli

    "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"

    tender, raw, sensible, sore

    thick-skinned, dull, dead(p), painless, unaffected(p), dead, numb(p), insensible(p), tough-skinned, unclassified, callous, unreactive, insensitive, soulless, indurate, pachydermatous, deadened

  3. sensitive(adj)

    being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others

    "sensitive to the local community and its needs"

    tender, raw, sensible, sore

    deadened, unaffected(p), pachydermatous, dead(p), painless, dead, soulless, numb(p), callous, indurate, unreactive, insensible(p), dull, tough-skinned, thick-skinned, unclassified, insensitive

  4. sensible, sensitive(adj)

    able to feel or perceive

    "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"

    tender, reasonable, raw, sensible, sore

    dull, pachydermatous, unaffected(p), unreactive, tough-skinned, dead, insensitive, numb(p), painless, thick-skinned, deadened, indurate, soulless, unclassified, dead(p), insensible(p), callous

  5. sensitive, sore, raw, tender(adj)


    "the tender spot on his jaw"

    stark naked, tender, bare-assed, new, sore, fond, cranky, crank, raw, warm, naked as a jaybird, unsanded, natural, peeled, in the altogether, painful, cutting, in the raw, affectionate, crude, mad, tippy, afflictive, bare-ass, raw(a), rude(a), naked, bleak, huffy, lovesome, sensible, untoughened, in the buff

    callous, tough-skinned, indurate, dead, insensible(p), soulless, deadened, unclassified, numb(p), dull, pachydermatous, unreactive, thick-skinned, insensitive, unaffected(p), painless, dead(p)

  6. sensitive(adj)

    of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security

    tender, raw, sensible, sore

    dull, painless, tough-skinned, pachydermatous, unclassified, indurate, deadened, dead(p), unaffected(p), soulless, insensible(p), numb(p), insensitive, thick-skinned, callous, unreactive, dead


  1. sensitive(adjective)

    caring, tender, precise, compassionate, aware

    stoic, uncaring, resistant, insensitive

  2. sensitive(adjective)

    Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.

    tender, precise, caring, compassionate, aware

    resistant, insensitive, uncaring, stoic

  3. sensitive(adjective)

    Responsive to stimuli.

    tender, precise, compassionate, caring, aware

    resistant, insensitive, uncaring, stoic

  4. sensitive(adjective)

    Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.

    My friend Max is very sensitive; he cried today because of the bad news.

    tender, compassionate, caring, precise, aware

    stoic, insensitive, resistant, uncaring

  5. sensitive(adjective)

    Of an issue, capable of offending, upsetting or hurting.

    Religion is often a sensitive topic of discussion and should be avoided when dealing with foreign business associates.

    aware, compassionate, caring, tender, precise

    insensitive, stoic, resistant, uncaring

  6. sensitive(adjective)

    Accurate (instrument)

    caring, tender, precise, compassionate, aware

    insensitive, resistant, uncaring, stoic

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sensitive

    Fine (Latin finis, end) denotes that which has been brought to a full end, finished. From this root-sense many derived meanings branch out, causing words quite remote from each other to be alike synonyms of fine. That which is truly finished, brought to an ideal end, is excellent of its kind, and beautiful, if a thing that admits of beauty; as, a fine house, fine trees, a fine woman, a fine morning; if a thing that admits of the removal of impurities, it is not finished till these are removed, and hence fine signifies clarified, clear, pure, refined; as, fine gold. That which is finished is apt to be polished, smooth to the touch, minutely exact in outline; hence fine comes to be a synonym for all words like dainty, delicate, exquisite; as, fine manners, a fine touch, fine perceptions. As that which is delicate is apt to be small, by an easy extension of meaning fine becomes a synonym for slender, slight, minute, comminuted; as, a fine thread, fine sand; or for filmy, tenuous, thin; as, a fine lace, fine wire; and as a thin edge is keen, sharp, fine becomes also a synonym for these words; as, a fine point, a fine edge. Compare BEAUTIFUL; MINUTE.

    beautiful, clarified, clear, comminuted, dainty, delicate, elegant, excellent, exquisite, fine, gauzy, handsome, keen, minute, nice, polished, pure, refined, sharp, slender, slight, small, smooth, splendid, subtile, subtle, tenuous, thin

    big, blunt, clumsy, coarse, great, heavy, huge, immense, large, rude, stout, thick

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sensitive

    sentient, perceptive, impressible, easily affected

    unimpressible, not easily affected

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sensitive

    a.. sentient, perceptive

  2. sensitive

    impressible, easily affected

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sensitive(a)

    susceptible, impressible, sentient, irritable

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. sensitive

    See Piezoelectric sensitive

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How to use sensitive in a sentence?

  1. Geoff Thale:

    I think the truth is a number of countries are sensitive about their own internal political and electoral issues.

  2. Craig Downs:

    Oxybenzone is really toxic to the juvenile form of corals, and that's consistent with the dogma of toxicology that juveniles are usually a thousand times more sensitive to the toxic effects of a chemical than a parent.

  3. Jeffrey Towson:

    The business they're in has become politically and culturally sensitive. Forever.

  4. Howard Hendricks:

    You can impress people from a distance but you can impact them only up close.""The more sensitive you become toward sin, the more aware you'll be for the need of godliness and holiness.""The measure of you as a leader is not what you do, but what others do because of what you do.""You teach what you know but you reproduce what you are.""People tell me they want to make the Bible relevant. The Bible's already relevant. You're the one that's irrelevant!

  5. Chicago Teachers Union:

    Negotiations are at a sensitive place. We will obviously keep talking and we want an agreement.

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