sen·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce sensibility (audio) \
plural sensibilities

Definition of sensibility

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

The writer is remembered most for his sensibility. She's a woman of poetic sensibility.

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Beckham and Cross, though, have taken that idea further and completely morphed their sensibilities into one. Vogue, "When 2 Become 1: Brooklyn Beckham and Hana Cross’s Couples Style Hits Peak Copycat," 10 Apr. 2019 The result was a very dry wine that catered to her own palette as well as the sensibilities of her British customers. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019 This year the mood was undeniably glamorous, with stars embracing the maximalist sensibility of old Hollywood. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "SAG Awards 2019: The Best Dressed Celebrities on the Red Carpet," 28 Jan. 2019 The inspiration is obviously the gut-wrenching opening of Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan, but Avery amps up the story with the sensibilities of a modern video game. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Overlord is a gloriously entertaining piece of B-movie schlock," 9 Nov. 2018 And also a collage of time periods, from the classical Art Deco and Victorian shapes that populate her jewelry to the contemporary artistic sensibility of the Venice Beach area. Jenni Konner, ELLE Decor, "Jewelry Designer Irene Neuwirth Takes Us Inside Her Eclectic Los Angeles Home," 13 July 2018 The Cash, a lesbian-gay bar that combines the sensibilities of a neighborhood tavern with an Old West saloon. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "11 top gay bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 18 June 2018 Or could only find attraction towards gay men and femme boys who damn near had the sensibility of a woman. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Hunger Games' Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Gay & Says Mila Kunis Was Her First 'Lesbian Crush'," 18 June 2018 Many of the rock 'n' roll landmarks that shaped the sensibilities of the city exist only in our collective memories. John Petkovic,, "Cleveland rock 'n' roll landmarks that made history: a tour (photos)," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of sensibility

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sensibility

: 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


sen·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌsen-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce sensibility (audio) \
plural sensibilities

Kids Definition of sensibility

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


sen·​si·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌsen(t)-sə-ˈbil-ət-ē How to pronounce sensibility (audio) \
plural sensibilities

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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