desensitizing desensitizing  /dɪs ˈɛn sə ˌtaɪ zɪŋ/


  • (adj) making less susceptible or sensitive to either physical or emotional stimuli


  1. By desensitizing the virus to medications, it could jeopardize a patient's ability to respond to future treatments.
  2. We're typing things like LOL, c u later, and using a parenthesis and a colon to demonstrate joy, which I find awkward and desensitizing.
  3. Allergy shots are good at desensitizing patients to grass, tree and weed pollens.


  • Letter: The Path Away From Violence

    I would like to commend Dr. Jim Filiano for his commentary about how our culture is nurturing violence in our children (“A Culture That Nurtures Future Murderers,” Dec. 19). In the virtual world of video games, lives are taken out with a click of the computer, desensitizing the players and giving them practice in rapid destruction.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Valley News


  1. "Every role I took, there's always a special eye toward the violence," Damon said in an interview with The Associated Press. "Violence is part of the human condition. The question is: Are you desensitizing people to violence by what you're...
    on Jul 31, 2007 By: Matt Damon Source: FOXNews

  2. "It's desensitizing America," Roloff said. "We want to walk down the street and have people say, that is a person, not that is a little person."
    on Jan 21, 2009 By: Matt Roloff Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "It's all about desensitizing Airbus to the dollar," Gallois said.
    on Apr 15, 2008 By: Louis Gallois Source: MarketWatch

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