16/06/16 What’s the Difference between ‘SENSIBLE’ & ‘SENSITIVE’?


A sensible person has “common sense,” and does not make stupid decisions.
A: I want to buy that car.
B: Be sensible, dear, it’s not the right time to spend that much money.

A sensitive person feels things easily or deeply, and may be easily hurt.
Don’t shout at him – he’s very sensitive. (NOT … very sensible.)
Do you have a sun cream for sensitive skin? (NOT …for sensible skin?)
Note that sensible is a “false friend” – similar words in some languages, such as Spanish, mean “sensitive”.