sen·​sate ˈsen-ˌsāt How to pronounce sensate (audio)
: relating to or apprehending or apprehended through the senses
: preoccupied with things that can be experienced through a sense modality
sensately adverb

Examples of sensate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His pictures of trees, shorelines, rocks and moons are startlingly sensate. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 22 June 2023 The show seems to organize itself around at least two themes: the sensate body and the rigors of geometry. Exemplifying the former are three works by the venerable Barbara Hammer, a pioneer in representing lesbian sensuality, who died this year. Sharon Mizota, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Middle English sensat, from Medieval Latin sensatus, from Late Latin, endowed with sense, from Latin sensus sense

First Known Use

1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sensate was in 1535

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“Sensate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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