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insensitive

[in-sen-si-tiv] /ɪnˈsɛn sɪ tɪv/
adjective
1.
deficient in human sensibility, acuteness of feeling, or consideration; unfeeling; callous:
an insensitive person.
2.
not physically sensitive:
insensitive skin.
3.
not affected by physical or chemical agencies or influences:
insensitive to light.
4.
not readily responsive or aware:
insensitive to the needs of the peasants.
Origin of insensitive
1600-1610
1600-10; in-3 + sensitive
Related forms
insensitiveness, insensitivity, noun
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  • He went out with a fire at his heart that made him insensitive to the frost without.

  • Calhoun drew a sample of blood from the insensitive area on Murgatroyd's flank.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • A preparation thus made is insensitive at the beginning, but if left undisturbed it slowly recovers its excitability.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • So this that quivered in his thick fingers, too insensitive to feel it, was a valentine for him!

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • They pierce the hide of the thickest and dullest; they startle and bewilder the brains of the most crass and the most insensitive.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for insensitive

insensitive

/ɪnˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
lacking sensitivity; unfeeling
2.
lacking physical sensation
3.
(postpositive) foll by to. not sensitive (to) or affected (by): insensitive to radiation
Derived Forms
insensitively, adverb
insensitiveness, insensitivity, noun
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Word Origin and History for insensitive
adj.

c.1600, "having little or no reaction to what is perceived by one's senses," from in- (1) "not, opposite of" + sensitive. For sense, see insensate. Meaning "without consideration for the feelings of others" attested by 1975. Related: Insensitively.

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