Definition for SENS'I-TIVE

SENS'I-TIVE, a. [It. and Sp. sensitivo; Fr. sensitif; L. sensitivus, from sensus, sentio.]

  1. Having sense or feeling, or having the capacity of perceiving impressions from external objects; as, sensitive soul; sensitive appetite; sensitive faculty. – Ray. Dryden.
  2. Having feelings easily excited.
  3. That affects the senses; as, sensitive objects. – Hammond.
  4. Pertaining to the senses, or to sensation; depending on sensation; as, sensitive motions; sensitive muscular motions excited by irritation. – Darwin.

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