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English Dictionary: sensitive by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
sensitive
adj
  1. responsive to physical stimuli; "a mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"
    Antonym(s): insensitive
  2. being susceptible to the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others; "sensitive to the local community and its needs"
    Antonym(s): insensitive
  3. able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"
    Synonym(s): sensible, sensitive
    Antonym(s): insensible
  4. hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw"
    Synonym(s): sensitive, sore, raw, tender
  5. of or pertaining to classified information or matters affecting national security
n
  1. someone who serves as an intermediary between the living and the dead; "he consulted several mediums"
    Synonym(s): medium, spiritualist, sensitive
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Sensitive \Sen"si*tive\, a. [F. sensitif. See {Sense}.]
      1. Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the
            capacity of receiving impressions from external objects;
            as, a sensitive soul.
  
      2. 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.
  
                     She was too sensitive to abuse and calumny.
                                                                              --Macaulay.
  
      3.
            (a) (Mech.) Having a capacity of being easily affected or
                  moved; as, a sensitive thermometer; sensitive scales.
            (b) (Chem. & Photog.) Readily affected or changed by
                  certain appropriate agents; as, silver chloride or
                  bromide, when in contact with certain organic
                  substances, is extremely sensitive to actinic rays.
  
      4. Serving to affect the sense; sensible. [R.]
  
                     A sensitive love of some sensitive objects.
                                                                              --Hammond.
  
      5. Of or pertaining to sensation; depending on sensation; as,
            sensitive motions; sensitive muscular motions excited by
            irritation. --E. Darwin.
  
      {Sensitive fern} (Bot.), an American fern ({Onoclea
            sensibilis}), the leaves of which, when plucked, show a
            slight tendency to fold together.
  
      {Sensitive flame} (Physics), a gas flame so arranged that
            under a suitable adjustment of pressure it is exceedingly
            sensitive to sounds, being caused to roar, flare, or
            become suddenly shortened or extinguished, by slight
            sounds of the proper pitch.
  
      {Sensitive joint vetch} (Bot.), an annual leguminous herb
            ({[92]schynomene hispida}), with sensitive foliage.
  
      {Sensitive paper}, paper prepared for photographic purpose by
            being rendered sensitive to the effect of light.
  
      {Sensitive plant}. (Bot.)
            (a) A leguminous plant ({Mimosa pudica}, or {M.
                  sensitiva}, and other allied species), the leaves of
                  which close at the slightest touch.
            (b) Any plant showing motions after irritation, as the
                  sensitive brier ({Schrankia}) of the Southern States,
                  two common American species of Cassia ({C. nictitans},
                  and {C. Cham[91]crista}), a kind of sorrel ({Oxalis
                  sensitiva}), etc.
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