from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of perceiving with a sense or senses.
- adj. Responsive to external conditions or stimulation.
- adj. Susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others.
- adj. Quick to take offense; touchy.
- adj. Easily irritated: sensitive skin.
- adj. Readily altered by the action of an agent: film that is sensitive to light.
- adj. Registering very slight differences or changes of condition. Used of an instrument.
- adj. Fluctuating or tending to fluctuate, as in price: sensitive stocks.
- adj. Of or relating to classified information: sensitive defense data; holds a sensitive position in the State Department.
- n. A sensitive person.
- n. One held to be endowed with psychic or occult powers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.
- adj. Responsive to stimuli.
- adj. Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.
- adj. Of an issue, capable of offending, upsetting or hurting.
- adj. Accurate (instrument)
- n. One with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects.
- adj. Having quick and acute sensibility, either to the action of external objects, or to impressions upon the mind and feelings; highly susceptible; easily and acutely affected.
- adj. Having a capacity of being easily affected or moved.
- adj. Readily affected or changed by certain appropriate agents.
- adj. Serving to affect the sense; sensible.
- adj. Of or pertaining to sensation; depending on sensation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or affecting the senses; depending on the senses.
- Having sense, sensibility, or feeling; capable of receiving impressions from external objects: often extended, figuratively, to various inanimate objects.
- Of keen sensibility; keenly susceptible of external influences or impressions; easily and acutely affected or moved by outward circumstances or impressions: as, a sensitive person, or a person of sensitive nature: figuratively extended to inanimate objects.
- In entomology, noting parts of the surface of the antennæ: which are peculiarly modified and, it is supposed, subservient to some special sense. These surfaces exhibit an immense number of microscopical pores, covered with a very delicate transparent membrane; they may be generally diffused over the joints or variously arranged in patches, the position of which has been used in the classification of certain families of Coleoptera.
- Susceptible in a notable degree to hypnotism; easily hypnotized or mesmerized.
- Noting a condition of feverish liability to fluctuation: said of markets, securities, or commodities.
- So delicately adjusted as to respond quickly to very slight changes of condition: said of instruments, as a balance.
- In chem. and photography, readily affected by the action of appropriate agents: as, iodized paper is sensitive to the action of light.
- Sensible; wise; judicious.
- Synonyms and Sentient, etc. See sensible.
- n. Something that feels; a sensorium.
- n. A sensitive person; specifically, one who is sensitive to mesmeric or hypnotic influences or experiments. See I., 3 .
- n. the common sense in the Aristotelian use.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead
- adj. able to feel or perceive
- adj. being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others
- adj. responsive to physical stimuli
- adj. of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security
- adj. hurting
Middle English, from Old French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sēnsitīvus, from Latin sēnsus, sense; see sense.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French sensitif, from Medieval Latin sensitivus. (Wiktionary)