Insensitivity



[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 :
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.
/ɪnˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
adjective
1.
lacking sensitivity; unfeeling
2.
lacking physical sensation
3.
(postpositive) foll by to. not sensitive (to) or affected (by): insensitive to radiation
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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