I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sensibilis, from sensus, past participle of sentire to feel Date: 14th century 1. of a kind to be felt or perceived: as a. perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding <
felt a sensible chill
her distress was sensible from her manner
b. archaic perceptibly large ; considerable c. perceptible as real or material ; substantial <
the sensible world in which we live
2. a. capable of receiving sensory impressions <
sensible to pain
b. receptive to external influences ; sensitive <
the most sensible reaches of the spirit
3. a. perceiving through the senses or mind ; cognizant <
sensible of the increasing heat
; also convinced by perceived evidence ; satisfied <
sensible of my error
b. emotionally aware and responsive <
we are sensible of your problems
c. conscious 4. having, containing, or indicative of good sense or reason ; rational, reasonable <
sensible people
made a sensible answer
5. designed for practical ends (as comfort) rather than for appearance <
sensible shoes
Synonyms: see material, perceptible, aware, wisesensibleness nounsensibly adverb II. noun Date: 1589 something that can be sensed

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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