Definitions for: Sensibility

[n] (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; "sensitivity to pain"
[n] mental responsiveness and awareness
[n] refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions; "cruelty offended his sensibility"

Webster (1913) Definition: Sen`si*bil"i*ty, n.; pl. Sensibilities. [Cf. F.
sensibilit['e], LL. sensibilitas.]
1. (Physiol.) The quality or state of being sensible, or
capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive.

2. The capacity of emotion or feeling, as distinguished from
the intellect and the will; peculiar susceptibility of
impression, pleasurable or painful; delicacy of feeling;
quick emotion or sympathy; as, sensibility to pleasure or
pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite
sensibility; -- often used in the plural. ``Sensibilities
so fine!'' --Cowper.

The true lawgiver ought to have a heart full of
sensibility. --Burke.

His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of
patriotism than of wounded pride. --Marshall.

3. Experience of sensation; actual feeling.

This adds greatly to my sensibility. --Burke.

4. That quality of an instrument which makes it indicate very
slight changes of condition; delicacy; as, the sensibility
of a balance, or of a thermometer.

Syn: Taste; susceptibility; feeling. See Taste.

Synonyms: sensitiveness, sensitivity

Antonyms: insensibility

See Also: consciousness, exteroception, hypersensitivity, insight, interoception, perceptiveness, perceptivity, photosensitivity, radiosensitivity, reactivity, responsiveness, sensation, sense, sensitiveness, sensitivity, sensory faculty, sensuousness, sentience, sentiency, withers

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