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1.
sensitive, delicate
(Works for people and things. Leans a bit toward being physically fragile and it's part of many compounds.)
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False Friends Explained - "sensibel vs sensible"

The English "sensible" and the German "sensibel" look REALLY similar - but they don't mean the same thing. Today, we'll find out why and how to translate them.


Word Family

Root: *pent-

The original idea of the family was:

treading, path

In the Germanic languages, it slowly shifted from the notion of going somewhere to the sense of searching and finding and the original sense was forgotten.

We can still see some of it in the Italian word “ponte” (brigde) . This is the origin of Pontifex (“bridge builder”) and pontificate, but the main member of the family is definitely to find.

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