sensitive - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “sensitive”

See all translations

sensitive

adjective
 
 
/ˈsensɪtɪv/
KIND B2 able to understand what people are feeling and deal with them in a way that does not upset them: I want a man who's kind and sensitive.Sympathy and compassionEmpathy and sensitivitySympathy and compassion
EASILY UPSET B2 easily upset by the things people say or do: He was always sensitive to criticism. She's very sensitive about her weight.Becoming too excited and easily upset
SUBJECT B2 A sensitive subject or situation needs to be dealt with carefully in order to avoid upsetting people: Gender is a very sensitive subject.Reacting and responding
EASILY DAMAGED B2 easily damaged or hurt: sensitive eyes/skinFragile and breakable
EQUIPMENT B2 Sensitive equipment is able to measure very small changes. →  Opposite insensitive Electricity and electronics
sensitively adverb I think she dealt with the problem very sensitively. sensitivity
 
 
/ˌsensɪˈtɪvəti/ noun [U]
the quality of being sensitiveSympathy and compassion
(Definition of sensitive from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “sensitive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

paradox

a situation or statement that seems impossible or is difficult to understand because it contains two opposite facts or characteristics

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More