Adjective "sensitive" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences.
  1. 'spiders are sensitive to vibrations on their web'
  2. 'Sucrose is a good subject for testing the sequence because it has resonances very close to that of water, making the signal sensitive to the quality of the water suppression.'
  3. 'The whole process of category building is dynamic and extremely sensitive to patterns detected in the data.'
  4. 'Well the sensor is very versatile and it works in simultaneous modes so it both detects magnetic materials but it's also sensitive to the electric susceptibility.'
  5. 'Well we found that females seem to be more sensitive to perceiving these signals of fear.'
  6. 'Platelets are quite sensitive to outside signals because they have to clump together to prevent blood loss.'
  7. 'In contrast, signal amplitude is found most sensitive to the phosphatase reactions at the ERK level.'
  8. 'In those cells they found proteins called cryptochromes which are highly sensitive to magnetism, undergoing slight structural alterations in response to changes in a magnetic field.'
  9. 'You've written that patients today are more sensitive to body signals; they're more likely to go to the doctor for something than they would have a few decades ago.'
  10. 'A young and eager mind endowed with the gift of scientific aptitude is particularly sensitive to these societal influences.'
  11. 'The vegetative tissues of perennials may also be systemically less sensitive to senescence signals.'
  12. 'Mechanical control is popular and effective but call be cost prohibitive and may damage environmentally sensitive areas.'
  13. 'The edge guard bands make the cartridge less sensitive to possible tape damage as a result of non-uniform tape pack wind, temperature shock, and transportation.'
  14. 'A helicopter had to be used to move materials to the site to start the project because wheeled vehicles would have caused too much damage to the sensitive environment of the existing ancient woodland around the site.'
  15. 'All the electronic equipment using the semiconductor-based solid-state technology and their functioning is highly sensitive to the ambient temperature.'
  16. 'He pointed to the damage done to the sensitive ecosystems in Shoalwater Bay by the US-Australia military training exercises that have taken place there since 1992.'
  17. 'Strains with mutations in both genes are very sensitive to DNA damaging agents, have very short telomeres, and undergo cellular senescence.'
  18. 'Bundle sheath proteins are more sensitive to oxidative damage than those of the mesophyll in maize leaves exposed to paraquat or low temperatures'
  19. 'There would also be a great impact from invasive weeds into the area and damage to the sensitive forest floor.'
  20. 'Are the border areas more sensitive to any disruption to their own French identity?'
  21. 'The burned area will be sensitive to sunlight for up to one year.'
  22. 'Orthochromatic films are not sensitive to red light at all, and may be developed under a red safelight.'
  23. 'The blue filter is measuring blue light in the visible spectrum, not the ultraviolet light to which platinum materials are sensitive.'
  24. 'A silver-based sensitive coating, then on paper, later on glass and ultimately on plastic film, was used for a brief exposure in the camera.'
  25. 'The entertainment business is the most sensitive market in the world.'
  26. 'Some farmers and processors are saying we should not be afraid to test all cattle going to slaughter for BSE, or at least those going to sensitive markets such as Japan.'
  27. 'This directly affects consumer spending, and especially sensitive markets such as house prices.'
Having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others' feelings.
  1. 'In the future a more sensitive appreciation for these sorts of emotional predispositions can help us generate a more refined approach to violence prevention.'
  2. 'An assessment of these may provide us with more accurate and more sensitive insights into the Indian past.'
  3. 'Nietzsche, in fact, provides an occasion for some of his most penetrating insights and most sensitive interpretations.'
  4. 'He said that at the time of the original call, attempts were made to trace the man in a sensitive and delicate manner, but without success.'
  5. 'One is Mary's uniquely sensitive appreciation of the myriad ways in which the case for academic freedom may be advanced.'
  6. 'It also asked for a more sensitive approach in handling such cases, but nothing seems to have come out of it.'
  7. 'The Yorkshire Euro MP may not be the first person you'd think of if you were looking for a sensitive appreciation of the modern woman.'
  8. 'I now have a more sensitive appreciation of how devastating war really is.'
  9. '‘This was a peaceful vigil and it is unfortunate that this incident took place but the police should be thanked for the sensitive way they handled it,’ he said.'
  10. 'I suppose I shouldn't be so sensitive'
  11. 'Women would benefit enormously from this - we are very sensitive and get upset about small things, and men have no idea.'
  12. 'He was highly sensitive about his background and age (‘Just say I'm in my late thirties,’ he used to tell journalists).'
  13. 'He offended sensitive members of the staff and press with arrogant quips about artists and audiences, but he revitalised an elderly board and ran a tight set of budgets.'
  14. 'Wendy Noel plays Maureen as an edgy, outspoken and sensitive woman.'
  15. 'Never forget, she warns, that young girls are highly sensitive, and the last thing we should be doing is telling our daughters they look a sight.'
  16. 'We'll give you some first impressions later today, and after that - and if we haven't offended the sensitive vendors too much - full reviews should follow in the next couple of weeks.'
  17. 'The guidelines dictate that emotionally charged topics be avoided on tests, for fear that mention of them might upset sensitive children.'
Kept secret or with restrictions on disclosure to avoid endangering security.
  1. 'To saddle them with convenient moralizing about jeopardising the financial system by untimely disclosure of sensitive information only compounds the offence.'
  2. 'Committee members were urged to keep all details of the meeting secret to prevent the sensitive information leaking into the public domain.'
  3. 'And why would a senior Pentagon official tell you this very secret and sensitive information?'
  4. 'General statements that, for example, the information is sensitive security information, are inadequate to satisfy the government's burden.'
  5. '‘We did have a breach of security, with sensitive police information somehow leaking out,’ Mills said.'
  6. 'The object was to avoid creating situations where sensitive information might be at risk.'
  7. 'A US Airways Express spokesman declined to comment on the charges, citing airline policy against revealing sensitive security information.'
  8. 'Whether or not it contained any sensitive security information was immaterial.'
  9. 'In addition to the above, some classified information is so sensitive that even the extra protection measures applied to Top Secret information are not sufficient.'
  10. 'They should restrict access to sensitive information to only those employees with a need to know.'


A person who is believed to respond to paranormal influences.
  1. 'Here we have another frontier to explore with shamans, channels, mediums, and sundry sensitives.'
  2. 'Attempts have been made by various groups to work with trained sensitives in the presence of a crystal skull and record the impressions that they psychically receive.'


1. endowed with sensation; having perception through the senses.

2. readily or excessively affected by external agencies or influences.

3. having acute mental or emotional sensibility; aware of and responsive to the feelings of others.

4. easily pained, annoyed, etc.

5. pertaining to or connected with the senses or sensation.

6. Physiology. having a low threshold of sensation or feeling.

7. responding to stimuli, as leaves that move when touched.

8. highly responsive to certa

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be sensitive to needs."

"markets can be sensitive to newses."

"markets can be sensitive to movements."

"issues can be sensitive in states."

"people can be sensitive to changes."

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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘sensory’): from Old French sensitif, -ive or medieval Latin sensitivus, formed irregularly from Latin sentire ‘feel’. The current senses date from the early 19th century.