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insensitive

adjective uk   /ɪnˈsen.sɪ.tɪv/ us    /-sə.t̬ɪv/
C1 disapproving (of a person or their behaviour) not feeling or showing sympathy for other people's feelings, or refusing to give importance to something: It was a bit insensitive of Fiona to go on so much about fat people when she knows Mandy is desperate to lose weight. The police have been criticized for being insensitive to complaints from the public.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse not showing the effect of something as a reaction to it, or unable to feel something: The protective covering must be insensitive to light and heat. His feet seem to be insensitive to pain.Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed
insensitively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
insensitivity
noun [U] uk   /ɪnˌsen.sɪˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
His insensitivity towards the feelings of others is remarkable. an insensitivity to pain/light/noiseInconsiderateSelfishnessUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
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