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adjective sen·si·ble \ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl\

Simple Definition of sensible

  • : having or showing good sense or judgment

  • : designed to be comfortable, useful, etc., rather than stylish

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sensible

  1. 1 :  of a kind to be felt or perceived: asa :  perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding <felt a sensible chill> <her distress was sensible from her manner>b archaic :  perceptibly large :  considerablec :  perceptible as real or material :  substantial <the sensible world in which we live>

  2. 2a :  capable of receiving sensory impressions <sensible to pain>b :  receptive to external influences :  sensitive <the most sensible reaches of the spirit>

  3. 3a :  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. 4 :  having, containing, or indicative of good sense or reason :  rational, reasonable <sensible people> <made a sensible answer>

  5. 5 :  designed for practical ends (as comfort) rather than for appearance <sensible shoes>




play \-blē\ adverb

Examples of sensible in a sentence

  1. My teacher gave me some sensible advice.

  2. She was sensible enough to stop driving when she got too tired.

  3. She wore a sensible coat.

Origin and Etymology of sensible

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sensibilis, from sensus, past participle of sentire to feel

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of sensible

material, physical, corporeal, phenomenal, sensible, objective mean of or belonging to actuality. material implies formation out of tangible matter; used in contrast with spiritual or ideal it may connote the mundane, crass, or grasping <material values>. physical applies to what is perceived directly by the senses and may contrast with mental, spiritual, or imaginary <the physical benefits of exercise>. corporeal implies having the tangible qualities of a body such as shape, size, or resistance to force <artists have portrayed angels as corporeal beings>. phenomenal applies to what is known or perceived through the senses rather than by intuition or rational deduction <scientists concerned with the phenomenal world>. sensible stresses the capability of readily or forcibly impressing the senses <the earth's rotation is not sensible to us>. objective may stress material or independent existence apart from a subject perceiving it <no objective evidence of damage>.

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent <a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener>. sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind <an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature>. palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable <the tension in the air was almost palpable>. tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally <no tangible evidence of UFOs>. appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable <an appreciable increase in income>. ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance <exerted a ponderable influence on world events>.

aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences <aware of changes in climate>. cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources <not fully cognizant of the facts>. conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it <conscious that my heart was pounding>. sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities <sensible of a teacher's influence>. alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something <alive to the thrill of danger>. awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert <a country always awake to the threat of invasion>.

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them <wise beyond his tender years>. sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom <the sage advice of my father>. sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment <the sapient musings of an old philosopher>. judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions <judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure>. prudent suggests exercise of the restraint of sound practical wisdom and discretion <a prudent decision to wait out the storm>. sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality <a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery>. sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness <remained sane even in times of crises>.



noun sen·si·ble

Definition of sensible

  1. :  something that can be sensed


First Known Use of sensible


SENSIBLE Defined for Kids


adjective sen·si·ble \ˈsen-sə-bəl\

Definition of sensible for Students

  1. 1 :  showing or containing good sense or judgment <He was a sensible dog, and knew what to do when he met strangers. — Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie>

  2. 2 :  designed for a practical purpose rather than for appearance <sensible shoes>

  3. 3 :  capable of feeling or perceiving <The patient was sensible to pain.>


\-blē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary


adjective sen·si·ble \ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl\

Medical Definition of sensible

  1. 1:  perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding <felt a sensible chill>

  2. 2:  capable of receiving sensory impressions <sensible to pain>

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