Definition of sensibility
2 : peculiar susceptibility to a pleasurable or painful impression (as from praise or a slight) —often used in plural
3 : awareness of and responsiveness toward something (such as emotion in another)
4 : refined or excessive sensitiveness in emotion and taste with especial responsiveness to the pathetic
Examples of sensibility in a Sentence
The writer is remembered most for his sensibility.
She's a woman of poetic sensibility.
Recent Examples of sensibility from the Web
Ervin, a novelist, brings a literary sensibility to his study of the medium.
But generally the festival exudes a certain liberal sensibility.
President Trump campaigned as the real estate executive who was going to bring a businessman's sensibilities to Washington.
New York has always been a magnet for creatives, but especially for those with a gritty, dream-chasing sensibility.
Apparently, Strickland was still holding a three-year-old grudge from the 2014 playoffs, during which Harper homered off him twice and stayed at home plate a couple of seconds too long admiring his handiwork for the Strickland's sensibilities.
That same year, two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, Peter Thiel and Patri Friedman, co-founded The Seasteading Institute to bring a startup sensibility to the problem of government monopolies that are too big to succeed.
That Chicago-style sensibility is led by Miguel Cervantes, the superb actor in the title role.
But the plane was built with a distinctly Russian sensibility, with foreign suppliers setting up a modern production line in Siberia.
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First Known Use of sensibility
SENSIBILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sensibility for English Language Learners
: the kinds of feelings that you have when you hear, see, read, or think about something
: the kinds of feelings that a certain type of person tends to have
: the ability to feel and understand emotions
SENSIBILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of sensibility for Students
1 : the ability to receive or feel sensations
2 : the ability to feel and understand emotions
Medical Definition of sensibility
1: ability to receive sensations sensibility to pain
2: awareness of and responsiveness toward something (as emotion in another)
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