Synonyms of sensitive
1 thoughtfulDictionary • He was always so sensitive and caring.
thoughtful • a thoughtful and caring man
kind • He was a very kind man, full of common sense.
understanding • Her boss, who was very understanding, gave her time off.
feeling • He is a very warm and feeling person.
kindly • He was a stern critic but an extremely kindly man.
receptive • The patient was not at all receptive to treatment.
attentive • At parties he is always attentive to his wife.
considerate • I think he's the most charming, considerate man I've ever met.
tactful • I decided it wouldn't be tactful to order another beer.
2 delicateDictionary • gentle cosmetics for sensitive skin
delicate • Although the material looks tough, it is very delicate.
tender • My tummy felt very tender.
fragile • The haircut emphasised her fragile beauty.
raw • the drag of the rope against the raw flesh of my shoulder
painful • Her glands were swollen and painful.
sore • My chest is still sore from the surgery.
3 susceptibleDictionary • My eyes are overly sensitive to bright light.
susceptible • He was unusually susceptible to flattery.
vulnerable • criminals who prey on the more vulnerable members of our society
responsive • She was an easy, responsive little girl.
4 touchyDictionary • Young people are very sensitive about their appearance.
touchy • She is very touchy about her past.
defensive • She heard the blustering, defensive note in his voice.
thin-skinned • He is too thin-skinned to survive the presidential campaign.
5 trickyDictionary • Employment is a very sensitive issue.
tricky • This could be a very tricky problem.
difficult • It was a very difficult decision to make.
delicate • the delicate issue of adoption
thorny • the thorny issue of immigration policy
touchy • a touchy subject
ticklish • the ticklish question of the future of the EU
6 secretDictionary • He instructed staff to shred sensitive documents.
secret • Soldiers have been training at a secret location.
private • He held a private meeting with the country's political party leaders.
confidential • She accused them of leaking confidential information.
hush-hush (informal) • Though these meetings were hush-hush there were sometimes leaks.
7 preciseDictionary • an extremely sensitive microscope
fine • She has a fine eye for detail.
acute • His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
keen • a keen eye for detail
perceptive • a very perceptive critique of Wordsworth
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acuteIf you say that someone is acute or has an acute mind, you mean that they are quick to notice things and are able to understand them clearly.
• His relaxed exterior hides an extremely acute mind.
on the ball (informal)
on the ball (informal)
attentiveSomeone who is attentive is helpful and polite.
• At parties he is always attentive to his wife.
confidentialInformation that is confidential is meant to be kept secret or private.
• She accused them of leaking confidential information.
Thesaurus for sensitive from the Collins English Thesaurus