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"Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.

For a man's heart is sensitive in proportion to its greatness.

Had Cornelius been sensitive, he must have felt he was omitted.

Her sensitive nostrils dilated, her brain worked like a machine.

He was a sensitive man, and did not realize that others were sometimes as shy as himself.

If your wife was sensitive, you would kill her with your gloomy fits.

This pointed out to him that the wire might be sensitive to sound when in a state of fracture.

He was sensitive about all those chins, and the general bulk which accompanied them.

He's so alone, and he's very proud and sensitive, because he feels his loneliness.

Her hair was soft and plentiful, and her hands were fine, strong, and sensitive.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., in reference to the body or its parts, "having the function of sensation;" also (early 15c.) "pertaining to the faculty of the soul that receives and analyzes sensory information;" from Old French sensitif "capable of feeling" (13c.) and directly from Medieval Latin sensitivus "capable of sensation," from Latin sensus, past participle of sentire "feel perceive" (see sense (n.)).

Meaning "easily affected" (with reference to mental feelings) first recorded 1816; meaning "having intense physical sensation" is from 1849. Original meaning is preserved in sensitive plant (1630s), which is "mechanically irritable in a higher degree than almost any other plant" [Century Dictionary]. Meaning "involving national security" is recorded from 1953. Related: Sensitively; sensitiveness.

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