Definition of sensitively in English:



  • 1In a way that is quick to detect or respond to slight changes, signals, or influences.

    ‘plants respond sensitively to the environment’
    • ‘Its function depends sensitively on its lipid environment.’
    • ‘The predicted age depends much more sensitively on Hubble's constant.’
    • ‘This depends sensitively on the spectral shape of the response function for the particular biological end point of interest.’
    • ‘The electrostatic free energies depend sensitively on the dielectric constant assigned to the protein interior.’
    • ‘The activation of this bacterial channel depends sensitively on internal pH.’
    • ‘The stains have been used to sensitively detect single DNA fragments using two-photon fluorescence excitation.’
    • ‘We were able to detect changes in erythema more sensitively for both natural and solar-simulated light than by visual or standard colorimetric measurement.’
    • ‘Silverware reacted sensitively to possibly poisoned food by turning such food a different color.’
    • ‘The transactivation assay needed to sensitively detect changes in transcription factor activity.’
    • ‘The clinically relevant membrane concentration does not depend sensitively on temperature.’
    1. 1.1 In a manner that shows quickness to take offence or become upset.
      ‘there is no need to react sensitively over every statement’
      • ‘The child coloured sensitively as Jessie frowned upon her outspoken little relative.’
      • ‘It's really annoying when you get so sensitively offended.’
      • ‘What message is sent to those who are sensitively emotional and who hold dear to this?’
      • ‘He was the sensitively weepy one.’
      • ‘Perhaps you feel humiliated, cross, or resentful but you keep quiet, or you behave sensitively.’
      • ‘Her sad face flushed sensitively as tears sprang to her eyes.’
      • ‘She reacts sensitively to seven of these poems dealing with mother-daughter relationships.’
      • ‘It is a living document of a mother and wife who sensitively reacts to the surroundings and often is hurt by the difficulties encountered by those near and dear to her.’
      • ‘It's not that she didn't have a reason to be sensitively upset, but she didn't even know she had the reason.’
      • ‘The girl's fair face flushed sensitively, and she averted her eyes.’
  • 2With a quick and delicate appreciation of others' feelings.

    ‘the issue needs to be handled sensitively’
    ‘responding sensitively to parental anxiety remains essential’
    • ‘She dealt sensitively with the plight of a rape victim.’
    • ‘To write intelligently and sensitively students need to understand the culture and how what they create might be received.’
    • ‘To handle any subject sensitively is an admirable ambition, but he is having none of it.’
    • ‘He sensitively convinces his horse to make it across.’
    • ‘Take the example of someone creating an Aboriginal character, who must know how sensitively the research for that character must be carried out.’
    • ‘They make an effort to sensitively address Lucy's condition.’
    • ‘Her work remains sensitively attuned to women's issues.’
    • ‘I was constantly impressed by how sensitively caring he is for her human limitations while describing them so clinically.’
    • ‘Teachers need to be able to bounce back quickly and react sensitively to their needs.’
    • ‘That's certainly not new, as the minister had so sensitively pointed out in the wake of these horrifying events.’
    1. 2.1 With care, perceptiveness, and appreciation.
      ‘the Edwardian property has been sensitively restored and redecorated’
      ‘the scene is sensitively portrayed’
      • ‘This refurbishment sensitively rehabilitates a Victorian institution to house galleries and performance spaces.’
      • ‘All sci-fi should be this intelligently written, effectively shot, and sensitively acted.’
      • ‘The installation is evocatively lit and sensitively installed.’
      • ‘The balcony reaches across the back of the chapel, sensitively preserving existing wood details.’
      • ‘The Dutch architect and teacher has won international acclaim for his sensitively designed buildings.’
      • ‘The famous duet was much less alluring and well-balanced than that in the last act, but the scene's close was sensitively managed.’
      • ‘They are beautifully played, and the orchestras are sensitively directed by the respective conductors.’
      • ‘From the main entrance, you pass through the existing patio courtyard, sensitively restored, before finally connecting with the new wing.’
      • ‘The existing elements that remain in the interior are handled well, and the insertions into that space are sensitively designed.’
      • ‘Every feather and bit of down on the bird is sensitively reproduced.’
  • 3In a way that ensures secrecy or restrictions on disclosure.

    ‘any information we receive will be treated sensitively’
    • ‘Given the special concerns regarding its unauthorized use and disclosure, enforcement of such rights arguably requires different or more sensitively applied measures.’
    • ‘In 2005, a consultation paper was issued proposing allowing 'sensitively conducted' research into jury discussions.’
    • ‘Unless handled strategically and sensitively, such organisational complexity has the potential to cause conflict.’
    • ‘We have to do this sensitively because none of us likes personal data being spread around the place willy-nilly.’
    • ‘I would have hoped that this would have been treated more sensitively, given the knowledge they have of legal systems.’
    • ‘Refer to the section on 'handling secrecy sensitively'.’
    • ‘The prime minister said in a letter last week that some documents needed to be "handled sensitively."’
    • ‘Information about a member's positive screening test will be treated sensitively and on a strict need-to-know basis.’
    • ‘The collection of secret intelligence from sensitively placed human sources depends crucially on maintaining their confidence.’
    • ‘The energy minister said he appreciated the matter would have to be dealt with sensitively.’