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Definition of insensitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1not realizing or caring how other people feel, and therefore likely to hurt or offend them synonym unsympathetic an insensitive remark insensitive to something She's completely insensitive to my feelings.
  2. 2insensitive (to something) not aware of changing situations, and therefore of the need to react to them The government seems totally insensitive to the mood of the country.
  3. 3insensitive (to something) not able to feel or react to something insensitive to pain/cold He seems completely insensitive to criticism. opposite sensitive
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adverb The police handled the matter extremely insensitively.
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noun [uncountable]
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