sensitive
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin sensitivus, probably alteration of sensativus, from sensatus sensate Date: 15th century 1. sensory 2 2. a. receptive to sense impressions b. capable of being stimulated or excited by external agents (as light, gravity, or contact) <
sensitive cells
>
3. highly responsive or susceptible: as a. (1) easily hurt or damaged; especially easily hurt emotionally (2) delicately aware of the attitudes and feelings of others b. excessively or abnormally susceptible ; hypersensitive <
sensitive to egg protein
>
c. readily fluctuating in price or demand <
sensitive commodities
>
d. capable of indicating minute differences ; delicate <
sensitive scales
>
e. readily affected or changed by various agents (as light or mechanical shock) <
a photographic emulsion sensitive to red light
>
f. highly radiosensitive 4. a. concerned with highly classified government information or involving discretionary authority over important policy matters <
sensitive documents
>
b. calling for tact, care, or caution in treatment ; touchy <
a sensitive issue like race relations
>
5. having or showing concern for a specified matter — usually used in combination <
a price-sensitive customer
>
<
environmentally sensitive policies
>
Synonyms: see liablesensitively adverbsensitiveness noun II. noun Date: 1838 1. a person having occult or psychical abilities 2. a sensitive person

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