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Meaning of sensible by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin sensibilis ( “perceptible by the senses, having feeling, sensible” ), from sentire ( “to feel, perceive” ), past participle sensus .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈsensəbl/


    sensible ( comparative more sensible, superlative most sensible )

    1. ( now dated or formal ) Perceptible by the senses.
    2. Easily perceived; appreciable .
    3. Able to feel or perceive .
    4. Of or pertaining to the senses; sensory .
    5. Cognizant; having the perception of something; aware of something .
    6. Acting with or showing good sense; able to make good judgements based on reason.
    7. Characterized more by usefulness or practicality than by fashionableness, especially of clothing.

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    • sensible in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • sensible in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • sensible at OneLook Dictionary Search

Explanation of sensible by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed

    2. made sensible of his mistakes
      I am sensible that the mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling- Henry Hallam
      sensible that a good deal more is still to be done- Edmund Burke
    3. readily perceived by the senses

    4. the sensible universe
      a sensible odor
    5. showing reason or sound judgment

    6. a sensible choice
      a sensible person
    7. able to feel or perceive

    8. even amoeba are sensible creatures
      the more sensible parts of the skin

    Definition of sensible by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Sensible a. [F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus sense.]
      1. Capable of being perceived by the senses; apprehensible through the bodily organs; hence, also, perceptible to the mind; making an impression upon the sense, reason, or understanding; as, “sensible heat; sensible resistance”.

      Air is sensible to the touch by its motion. Arbuthnot.

      The disgrace was more sensible than the pain. Sir W. Temple.

      Any very sensible effect upon the prices of things. A. Smith.

      2. Having the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; capable of perceiving by the instrumentality of the proper organs; liable to be affected physically or mentally; impressible.

      Would your cambric were sensible as your finger. Shak.

      3. Hence: Liable to impression from without; easily affected; having nice perception or acute feeling; sensitive; also, readily moved or affected by natural agents; delicate; as, “a sensible thermometer”. “With affection wondrous sensible.” Shak.

      4. Perceiving or having perception, either by the senses or the mind; cognizant; perceiving so clearly as to be convinced; satisfied; persuaded.

      He [man] can not think at any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it. Locke.

      They are now sensible it would have been better to comply than to refuse. Addison.

      5. Having moral perception; capable of being affected by moral good or evil.

      6. Possessing or containing sense or reason; gifted with, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise.

      Now a sensible man, by and by a fool. Shak.

      Sensible note or Sensible tone ( Mus. ), the major seventh note of any scale; -- so called because, being but a half step below the octave, or key tone, and naturally leading up to that, it makes the ear sensible of its approaching sound. Called also the leading tone. -- Sensible horizon. See Horizon, n., 2.

      Syn. -- Intelligent; wise. -- Sensible, Intelligent. We call a man sensible whose judgments and conduct are marked and governed by sound judgment or good common sense. We call one intelligent who is quick and clear in his understanding, i. e., who discriminates readily and nicely in respect to difficult and important distinctions. The sphere of the sensible man lies in matters of practical concern; of the intelligent man, in subjects of intellectual interest. “I have been tired with accounts from sensible men, furnished with matters of fact which have happened within their own knowledge.” Addison. “Trace out the numerous footsteps . . . of a most wise and intelligent architect throughout all this stupendous fabric.” Woodward.

    2. Sensible n.
      1. Sensation; sensibility. [R.] “Our temper changed . . . which must needs remove the sensible of pain.” Milton.

      2. That which impresses itself on the sense; anything perceptible.

      Aristotle distinguished sensibles into common and proper. Krauth-Fleming.

      3. That which has sensibility; a sensitive being. [R.]

      This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but even to vegetals and sensibles. Burton.