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[hahy-per-sen-si-tiv] /ˌhaɪ pərˈsɛn sɪ tɪv/
excessively sensitive:
to be hypersensitive to criticism.
allergic to a substance to which persons do not normally react.
Origin of hypersensitive
1870-75; hyper- + sensitive
Related forms
hypersensitiveness, hypersensitivity, noun Unabridged
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  • hypersensitive from her convent upbringing she knew intuitively when he entered a room or left it.

  • The bald stubby man waddling forward looked neither calloused nor hypersensitive.

  • The directing Powers were hypersensitive to the oft-repeated charge of meddling in the internal affairs of other nations.

  • We taught ourselves patriotism in season, and before the days of attenuated and hypersensitive politics.

  • It was no time for Clancy to be hypersensitive about Vandervent's honor.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • A hypersensitive conscience cost our widowed client ten thousand dollars!

    By Advice of Counsel Arthur Train
British Dictionary definitions for hypersensitive


having unduly vulnerable feelings
abnormally sensitive to an allergen, a drug, or other agent
Derived Forms
hypersensitiveness, hypersensitivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypersensitive

1827, a hybrid from hyper- + sensitive. Related: Hypersensitivity.

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hypersensitive in Medicine

hypersensitive hy·per·sen·si·tive (hī'pər-sěn'sĭ-tĭv)
Responding excessively to the stimulus of a foreign agent, such as an allergen; abnormally sensitive.

hy'per·sen'si·tive·ness or hy'per·sen'si·tiv'i·ty (-tĭv'ĭ-tē) n.
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