insensitive
adjective Date: 1834 1. a. not responsive or susceptible <
insensitive to the demands of the public
>
b. lacking feeling or tact <
so insensitive as to laugh at someone in pain
>
2. not physically or chemically sensitive • insensitively adverbinsensitiveness nouninsensitivity noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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