Adjective "Insensitive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Showing or feeling no concern for others' feelings.
  1. 'The characters are often insensitive and cruel.'
  2. 'Prepare your child for insensitive questions or uncaring remarks that may come from adults when the SEA results are out.'
  3. 'His remarks are also particularly insensitive as we approach the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings when so many soldiers gave their lives to help liberate Europe.'
  4. 'Some might call him insensitive, callous even, but he believes there's some plain talk that America and a large part of the rest of the world needs to hear.'
  5. 'I don't want the ability to be harsh or insensitive just to shock my readers.'
  6. 'Well, if he is two-faced, self-centred, plausibly insincere, manipulative and insensitive… be concerned.'
  7. 'The chilling and insensitive arrogance of this remark is breathtaking.'
  8. 'Practice compassion, conquering callous, cruel and insensitive feelings toward all beings.'
  9. 'Next thing you take her at her word and you never hear the end of it… how all you care about is you, and how you are insensitive and unfeeling!'
  10. 'Don't let your silence become tacit approval for insensitive, derogatory or racist remarks made by professional athletes.'
Not sensitive to a physical sensation.
  1. 'In contrast, petal wilting was either ethylene sensitive or insensitive, and this was also generally consistent within families or subfamilies.'
  2. 'In barley and Arabidopsis sensitive and insensitive components of the high-affinity K + uptake have been described.'
  3. 'Glucose sensitive and glucose insensitive neurons of the lateral hypothalamic area have shown differential responsiveness to gustatory and olfactory stimuli.'
  4. 'The paradox is that tilapia islets produce insulin in a very glucose sensitive manner but simultaneously appear to be peripherally insensitive to insulin.'
  5. 'Hygge and colleagues also found that noise-exposed children are relatively insensitive to speech, even though their hearing is unimpaired.'
  6. 'We become insensitive to pain, cold, wind, homesickness, thirst, hunger.'
  7. 'Oxygen utilization that was insensitive to KCN and sensitive to SHAM was indicative of the presence of the alternative pathway.'
  8. 'A number of other biochemical variables either remained insensitive to lead exposure or responded moderately to chelation treatment.'
  9. 'The current Jewish critique of Israel is often portrayed as insensitive to Jewish suffering, past as well as present, yet its ethic is based on the experience of suffering, in order that suffering might stop.'
  10. 'Tourists intent on bartering can be hugely insensitive to the fact that the locals they are hammering down to a bargain price may be incredibly poor and the sums involved shamefully petty by our standards.'
  11. 'The trouble is that in the process, it is only too easy to become insensitive to some realities which ought to impinge on one's consciousness - and one's conscience.'
  12. 'Pupils at Bwacha High school in Kabwe yesterday demonstrated, demanding the removal of their head teacher whom they accused of being rude and insensitive to their needs.'
  13. 'Obviously this means he will find out the hard way, and kick himself for being so insensitive to the life of another.'
  14. 'His people were saying he was ineffective, was out of touch, was insensitive to the rough times they were going through, wouldn't listen, and didn't lead.'
  15. 'He accused the Canadian anti-globalisation movement of being racist and insensitive to Native and Québecois history for using a maple leaf as its symbol.'
  16. 'In trying to reach their own public, the new crusaders have fallen back on sensationalism, and have become insensitive to the dignity of the very women they want to save.'
  17. 'Not that I am insensitive to Ms. Warner's plight.'
  18. 'I accused him of being thoughtless and insensitive to my needs.'


1. deficient in human sensibility, acuteness of feeling, or consideration; unfeeling; callous: an insensitive person.

2. not physically sensitive: insensitive skin.

3. not affected by physical or chemical agencies or influences: insensitive to light.

4. not readily responsive or aware: insensitive to the needs of the peasants.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be insensitive to ideas."

"democracies can be insensitive to deaths."

"banks can be insensitive to clients."

"tests can be insensitive to effects."

"tendencies can be insensitive to feelings."

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