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English definition of “sensitive”

sensitive

adjective (UPSET)    /ˈsen.sɪ.tɪv/ US  /-sə.t̬ɪv/
B2 easily upset by the things people say or do, or causing people to be upset , embarrassed , or angry : Her reply showed that she was very sensitive to criticism . He was very sensitive about his scar and thought everyone was staring at him.Becoming too excited and easily upset B2 A sensitive subject , situation , etc. needs to be dealt with carefully in order to avoid upsetting people : Sex education and birth control are sensitive issues . The stolen car contained military documents described as very sensitive.Complicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand sensitiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Sympathy and compassionEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassionComplicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand
(Definition of sensitive adjective (UPSET) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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