1 delicate, tender, sore, susceptible:
My arm is still sensitive where I got the injection.
2 touchy, susceptible, susceptive, reactive, responsive, attuned, impressionable, emotional, thin-skinned, vulnerable, supersensitive, hypersensitive, testy, irascible, quarrelsome, irritable, volatile, excitable, temperamental, petulant, hot-tempered, quick-tempered:
Liz is very sensitive on the subject of being unmarried, and I shouldn't bring it up
3 finely tuned, delicate, responsive, subtle, acute, reactive, receptive:
We need a more sensitive test to detect neutrinos. This radio is not sensitive enough to receive distant stations.
1 able to understand other people's feelings
be | become | make sb
Her experiences had made her sensitive to other people's troubles.
deeply, extremely, highly, unusually, very
a highly sensitive, caring man
| increasingly | quite
Horses are very sensitive to their riders' moods.
2 easily upset/annoyed
be, seem | become | remain
acutely, deeply, extremely, morbidly, painfully, particularly, terribly, very | a bit, pretty, rather
Teenagers are often very sensitive about their appearance.
He was acutely sensitive to criticism.
3 needing to be dealt with carefully
be | become | remain
extremely, highly, particularly, very
this highly sensitive issue
| fairly, rather, somewhat
a somewhat sensitive question
| commercially, environmentally, politically, socially
commercially sensitive information
4 reacting quickly/more than usual to sth
be | become
extremely, highly, morbidly, painfully, particularly, unusually, very | quite
Her eyes are very sensitive to light.
5 able to measure very small changes
The bat's hearing is remarkably sensitive.
acutely, especially, exquisitely, extremely, highly, keenly, remarkably, very
The equipment is highly sensitive.
| fairly, quite | enough, sufficiently
The probe is sensitive enough to detect the presence of a single microbe.
sensitive to the slightest movement
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