Definition of insensitive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɪnˈsensətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈsensətɪv//
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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.
  4. opposite sensitive
    Extra examples It may sound insensitive, but I don’t understand why he’s so upset. Its physical properties are relatively insensitive to pressure changes. The decision to serve pork was culturally insensitive. The device renders the system insensitive to vibration. The machine is relatively insensitive to changes in the atmosphere. Years of abuse at boarding school had made him insensitive to others’ suffering. Years of abuse had made him insensitive to others’ suffering. It was a really insensitive thing to say. Many of the institutions were insensitive to the needs of their patients. She described their actions as callous and insensitive. Surely he couldn’t be so insensitive? The timing of the announcement seems particularly insensitive.
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