insensitive

adjective /ɪnˈsɛnsɪtɪv/
a) not having normal physical feeling

It is something like the way dame Nature gathers round a foreign body an envelope of some insensitive tissue which can protect from evil that which it would otherwise harm by contact.

b) not having normal emotional feelings, cold, tactless, undiplomatic

Somehow, when Bertram Ingledew let it once be felt he did not wish to be questioned on any particular point, even women managed to restrain their curiosity: and he would have been either a very bold or a very insensitive man who would have ventured to continue questioning him any further.


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