Sensitive vs Wise - What's the difference?

sensitive | wise |

As an adjective sensitive

is having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.

As a noun sensitive

is one with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.

As an acronym wise is

(aviation|nautical) (adjective).




(en adjective)
  • Having the faculty of sensation; pertaining to the senses.
  • *, III.1.2.i:
  • The sensitive faculty most part overrules reason, the soul is carried hoodwinked, and the understanding captive like a beast.
  • Responsive to stimuli.
  • Of a person, easily offended, upset or hurt.
  • Max is very sensitive ; he cried today because of the bad news.
  • Of an issue, capable of offending, upsetting or hurting.
  • Religion is often a sensitive topic of discussion and should be avoided when dealing with foreign business associates.
  • Accurate (instrument).
  • Derived terms

    * sensitively * sensitiveness * sensitivity


    * tender * nesh * precise * compassionate * caring * aware


    * insensitive * stoic * uncaring * resistant


    (en noun)
  • One with a paranormal sensitivity to something that most cannot perceive.
  • * 2003 , Frederic W.H. Myers, Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death Part 2
  • Swedenborg was one of the leading savants of Europe; it would be absurd to place any of our sensitives on the same intellectual level.



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) wis, wys, from (etyl) . Cognate with Dutch wijs, German weise, Swedish vis. Compare wit.


  • Showing good judgement or the benefit of experience.
  • Storing extra food for the winter was a wise decision.
    They were considered the wise old men of the administration.
    "It is a profitable thing, if one is wise , to seem foolish" - Aeschylus
  • (colloquial) Disrespectful.
  • Don't get wise with me!
    Usage notes
    * Objects: person, decision, advice, counsel, saying, etc.
    * unwise * foolish
    Derived terms
    * crack wise * wisdom * wiseacre * wise apple * wiseass * wisecrack * wise guy * wise-hearted * wiseling * wiselike * wiseness * wizen * wizard * word to the wise


  • To become wise.
  • (ergative, slang) Usually with "up", to inform or learn.
  • Mo wised him up about his situation.
    ''After Mo had a word with him, he wised up.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) Way, manner, method.
  • * 1850 , The Burden of Nineveh , lines 2-5
  • ... the prize
    Dead Greece vouchsafes to living eyes, —
    Her Art for ever in fresh wise
    From hour to hour rejoicing me.
  • * 1866 , , A Ballad of Life , lines 28-30
  • A riven hood was pulled across his eyes;
    The token of him being upon this wise
    Made for a sign of Lust.
  • * 1926 , J. S. Fletcher, Sea Fog , page 308
  • And within a few minutes the rest of us were on our way too, judiciously instructed by Parkapple and the Brighton official, and disposed of in two taxi-cabs, the drivers of which were ordered to convey us to Rottingdean in such wise that each set his load of humanity at different parts of the village and at the same time that the bus was due to arrive at the hotel.
    Derived terms
    * -wise

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


  • (dialectal) to instruct
  • (dialectal) to advise; induce
  • (dialectal) to show the way, guide
  • (dialectal) to direct the course of, pilot
  • (dialectal) to cause to turn