What is sensitive?

  • (adj): Able to feel or perceive; (concealing by enclosing or wrapping as if in something that is not solid.
    Synonyms: sensible
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "sensitive":

  • (adj): Responsive to physical stimuli.
    Example: "A mimosa's leaves are sensitive to touch"; "a sensitive voltmeter"; "sensitive skin"; "sensitive to light"
  • (adj): Used officially of classified information or matters affecting national security.
  • (adj): Having acute mental or emotional sensibility.
    Example: "Sensitive to the local community and its needs"

Famous quotes containing the word sensitive:

    There is a hatred of lies and dissimulation that is rooted in a sensitive principle of honor, and there is another such hatred that is rooted in cowardice, inasmuch as lies are forbidden by a divine commandment. Too cowardly to lie....
    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

    Every poem of value must have a residue [of language].... It cannot be exhausted because our lives are not long enough to do so. Indeed, in the greatest poetry, the residue may seem to increase as our experience increases—that is, as we become more sensitive to the particular ignitions in its language. We return to a poem not because of its symbolic [or sociological] value, but because of the waste, or subversion, or difficulty, or consolation of its provision.
    William Logan, U.S. educator. “Condition of the Individual Talent,” The Sewanee Review, p. 93, Winter 1994.

    A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams. For what? So you can swim and dance and play.
    David Duncan (b.1913)