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1quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences:the new method of protein detection was more sensitive than earlier ones spiders are sensitive to vibrations on their web easily damaged, injured, or distressed by slight changes:the committee called for improved protection of wildlife in environmentally sensitive areas (of photographic materials) prepared so as to respond rapidly to the action of light. (of a market) unstable and liable to quick changes of price because of outside influences. 2(of a person or a person’s behavior) having or displaying a quick and delicate appreciation of others' feelings:I pay tribute to the Minister for his sensitive handling of the bill easily offended or upset:I suppose I shouldn’t be so sensitive 3kept secret or with restrictions on disclosure to avoid endangering security:he was suspected of passing sensitive information to other countries
a person who is believed to respond to occult influences.