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"insensitive" in British English

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insensitiveadjective

uk   /ɪnˈsen.sɪ.tɪv/  us   /-sə.t̬ɪv/
C1 disapproving not ​feeling or ​showingsympathy for other people's ​feelings, or ​refusing to give ​importance to something: It was a ​bit insensitive of Fiona to ​talk about ​fatpeople when she ​knows Mandy is ​desperate to ​loseweight. The ​police have been ​criticized for being insensitive tocomplaints from the ​public. not ​showing any ​reaction to something, or ​unable to ​feel something: The ​protectivecovering must be insensitive tolight and ​heat. His ​feetseem to be insensitive topain.
insensitively
adverb uk   us   /-li/
insensitivity
noun [U] uk   /ɪnˌsen.sɪˈtɪv.ɪ.ti/  us   /-ə.t̬i/
His insensitivity towards the ​feelings of ​others is ​remarkable. an insensitivity topain/​light/​noise
(Definition of insensitive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insensitive" in American English

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insensitiveadjective

 us   /ɪnˈsen·sə·t̬ɪv/
not ​aware of other people’s ​feelings, or not ​showingsympathy for the ​feelings of other ​people: The ​governorapologized for his insensitive ​remarks about the ​homeless. Insensitive can also ​mean not ​noticing the ​effects of something or ​unable to ​feel something: His ​feetseem to be insensitive to ​pain.
insensitivity
noun [U]  us   /ɪnˌsen·səˈtɪv··t̬i/
I ​findyour insensitivity to my ​needsinsulting.
(Definition of insensitive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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