Sensitive and sensible are both adjectives but they have quite different meanings. They are often mixed up by English learners. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between sensitive and sensible in English.
- A sensible person is wise, they are able to use good judgement and don’t make silly mistakes.
- Helen is a good babysitter because she is very sensible.
- Sensible clothes or shoes are practical instead of attractive or fashionable.
- She dresses the children in sensible clothes. Raincoats and wellingtons for wet weather, sandles and hats for the beach.
- A sensitive person can be easily affected by things that other people say or do. They are easily upset or offended.
- Be careful what you say. Helen is very sensitive to criticism.
- A sensitive person can also be kind, understanting and sympathetic.
- She is sensitive to the children’s needs.
- Sensitive also means delicate or fragile. Something that is easily affected or damaged.
- The children have sensitive skin.