Definitions for: Sensible


[adj] proceeding from good sense or judgment; "a sensible choice"
[adj] aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed; "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
[adj] readily perceived by the senses; "the sensible universe"; "a sensible odor"
[adj] marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters; "judicious use of one's money"; "a sensible manager"; "a wise decision"
[adj] showing reason or sound judgment; "a sensible choice"; "a sensible person"
[adj] able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"
[adj] acting with or showing thought and good sense; "a sensible young man"



Webster (1913) Definition: Sen"si*ble, 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; ?????? 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 physsically 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; giftedwith, or
characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise.

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

Sensible note or 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.
(a) .

Syn: Intelligent; wise.

Usage: Sensible, Intelligent. We call a man sensible
whose judgments and conduct are marked and governed by
sound judgment or good common semse. 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
distinction. 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 numerous footsteps
. . . of a most wise and intelligent architect
throughout all this stupendous fabric.'' --Woodward.


Sen"si*ble, 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.

Synonyms: advisable, aware(p), commonsense, commonsensible, commonsensical, healthy, intelligent, judicious, levelheaded, logical, perceptible, prudent, reasonable, sensitive, serious, sound, tenable, thoughtful, well-founded, wise

Antonyms: insensible, unreasonable

See Also: conscious, fair, just, rational, valid

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