sensibility

noun sen·si·bil·i·ty \ ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of sensibility

plural sensibilities
1 : ability to receive sensations : sensitiveness
  • tactile 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

  1. The writer is remembered most for his sensibility.

  2. She's a woman of poetic sensibility.

Recent Examples of sensibility from the Web

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First Known Use of sensibility

15th century


SENSIBILITY Defined for English Language Learners

sensibility

noun

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

sensibility

noun sen·si·bil·i·ty \ ˌsen-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of sensibility for Students

plural sensibilities
1 : the ability to receive or feel sensations
2 : the ability to feel and understand emotions

Medical Dictionary

sensibility

noun sen·si·bil·i·ty \ ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē \

medical Definition of sensibility

plural sensibilities
1 : ability to receive sensations
  • sensibility to pain
2 : awareness of and responsiveness toward something (as emotion in another)


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