Definition of hypersensitive in English:


Line breaks: hyper|sen¦si¦tive
Pronunciation: /hʌɪpəˈsɛnsɪtɪv


1Having extreme physical sensitivity to particular substances or conditions.
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  • The necessity of avoiding irritating substances can force hypersensitive subjects to make numerous lifestyle changes.
  • The skin is extremely painful and hypersensitive, even to air movement.
  • This is a type of hypersensitive reaction triggered by exposure to an antigen (a substance which the body recognises as alien).
2Easily hurt, worried, or offended: proximity to death makes people hypersensitive and aware
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  • The key to training these children is in understanding that they are hypersensitive and easily hurt.
  • I didn't mean to annoy anyone, but it occurs to me that, since I don't have advertising on this site, it doesn't really matter how many hypersensitive Americans I offend.
  • First, be aware that teenagers are hypersensitive about their changing body shapes and weight - so the less you focus on this, the better.



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  • In the case of systemic hypersensitiveness reactions it may be necessary to initiate emergency measures.
  • In other words, immunity against infectious agents is not a state of insensitivity, but rather a state of hypersensitiveness to constituents.
  • In adults the percentage of hypersensitiveness was 90 percent in the immunized.


Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪvɪti/
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  • Jaya's hypersensitivity to conversions is not self-explanatory.
  • Research shows two out of 10 women suffer such hypersensitivity.
  • Paralysed by hypersensitivity and inertia, the bereaved person flounders, fails to behave rationally.

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