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touchy

adjective uk   /ˈtʌtʃ.i/ us  
easily offended or upset: You have to be careful what you say to Kevin - he's rather touchy. She's very touchy about the fact that her wife was married before. needing to be dealt with carefully: This is a touchy subject/issue/point, so we'd better avoid it.
touchily
adverb uk   /-ɪ.li/ us  
touchiness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Everyone is aware of the touchiness of the situation (= that it needs to be dealt with carefully).
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