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sensible

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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 manner>b 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 pain>b :  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 error>b :  emotionally aware and responsive <we are sensible of your problems>c :  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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sensible

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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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