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adjective sen·si·ble \ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl\

Definition of sensible

  1. 1 :  of a kind to be felt or perceived: such asa :  perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding felt a sensible chill her distress was sensible from her mannerb 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 painb :  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 errorb :  emotionally aware and responsive we are sensible of your problemsc :  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

sensibleness

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sensibly

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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.

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sensible

noun sen·si·ble

Definition of sensible

  1. :  something that can be sensed

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First Known Use of sensible

1589


SENSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective sen·si·ble \ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl\

Definition of sensible for English Language Learners

  • : having or showing good sense or judgment

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


SENSIBLE Defined for Kids

sensible

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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.

sensibly

\-blē\ adverb

Medical Dictionary

sensible

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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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