1. In a sensible manner; so as to be perceptible to the senses or to the mind; appreciably; with perception; susceptibly; sensitively.
What remains past cure,Milton.
Bear not too sensibly.
2. With intelligence or good sense; judiciously.
(Sen`si*fa"cient) a. [L. sensus sense + facere to make.] Converting into sensation. Huxley.
(Sen*sif"er*ous) a. [L. sensifer; sensus sense + ferre to bear.] Exciting sensation; conveying
(Sen*sif"ic) a. [L. sensificus; sensus sense + facere to make.] Exciting sensation.
(Sen*sif"i*ca*to*ry) a. Susceptible of, or converting into, sensation; as, the sensificatory
part of a nervous system. Huxley.
(Sen*sig"e*nous) a. [L. sensus sense + -genous.] Causing or exciting sensation. Huxley.
(Sens"ism) n. Same as Sensualism, 2 & 3.
(Sens"ist), n. One who, in philosophy, holds to sensism.
(Sen"si*tive) a. [F. sensitif. See Sense.]
1. Having sense of feeling; possessing or exhibiting the capacity of receiving impressions from external
objects; as, a sensitive soul.
2. Having quick and acute sensibility, either to the action of external objects, or to impressions upon the
mind and feelings; highly susceptible; easily and acutely affected.
She was too sensitive to abuse and calumny.Macaulay.
3. (a) (Mech.) Having a capacity of being easily affected or moved; as, a sensitive thermometer; sensitive
scales. (b) (Chem. & Photog.) Readily affected or changed by certain appropriate agents; as, silver
chloride or bromide, when in contact with certain organic substances, is extremely sensitive to actinic
4. Serving to affect the sense; sensible. [R.]
A sensitive love of some sensitive objects.Hammond.
5. Of or pertaining to sensation; depending on sensation; as, sensitive motions; sensitive muscular motions
excited by irritation. E. Darwin.
Sensitive fern (Bot.), an American fern the leaves of which, when plucked, show a slight tendency to
fold together. Sensitive flame (Physics), a gas flame so arranged that under a suitable adjustment
of pressure it is exceedingly sensitive to sounds, being caused to roar, flare, or become suddenly shortened
or extinguished, by slight sounds of the proper pitch. Sensitive joint vetch (Bot.), an annual leguminous
herb with sensitive foliage. Sensitive paper, paper prepared for photographic purpose by being
rendered sensitive to the effect of light. Sensitive plant. (Bot.) (a) A leguminous plant (Mimosa
pudica, or M. sensitiva, and other allied species), the leaves of which close at the slightest touch. (b)
Any plant showing motions after irritation, as the sensitive brier (Schrankia) of the Southern States, two
common American species of Cassia a kind of sorrel etc.
Sen"si*tive*ly adv. Sen"si*tive*ness, n.