sensible

adjective
sen·​si·​ble | \ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl \

Definition of sensible 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having, containing, or indicative of good sense or reason : rational, reasonable sensible people made a sensible answer

2 : designed for practical ends (such as comfort) rather than for appearance sensible shoes

3 : of a kind to be felt or perceived: such as

a : perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding felt a sensible chill her distress was sensible from her manner

b : perceptible as real or material : substantial the sensible world in which we live

c archaic : perceptibly large : considerable

4a : capable of receiving sensory impressions sensible to pain

b : receptive to external influences : sensitive the most sensible reaches of the spirit

5a : 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

sensible

noun

Definition of sensible (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that can be sensed

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Adjective

sensibleness noun
sensibly \ ˈsen(t)-​sə-​blē \ adverb

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Adjective

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

perceptible, sensible, palpable, tangible, appreciable, ponderable mean apprehensible as real or existent. perceptible applies to what can be discerned by the senses often to a minimal extent. a perceptible difference in sound to a careful listener sensible applies to whatever is clearly apprehended through the senses or impresses itself strongly on the mind. an abrupt, sensible drop in temperature palpable applies either to what has physical substance or to what is obvious and unmistakable. the tension in the air was almost palpable tangible suggests what is capable of being handled or grasped both physically and mentally. no tangible evidence of UFOs appreciable applies to what is distinctly discernible by the senses or definitely measurable. an appreciable increase in income ponderable suggests having definitely measurable weight or importance. exerted a ponderable influence on world events

aware, cognizant, conscious, sensible, alive, awake mean having knowledge of something. aware implies vigilance in observing or alertness in drawing inferences from what one experiences. aware of changes in climate cognizant implies having special or certain knowledge as from firsthand sources. not fully cognizant of the facts conscious implies that one is focusing one's attention on something or is even preoccupied by it. conscious that my heart was pounding sensible implies direct or intuitive perceiving especially of intangibles or of emotional states or qualities. sensible of a teacher's influence alive adds to sensible the implication of acute sensitivity to something. alive to the thrill of danger awake implies that one has become alive to something and is on the alert. a country always awake to the threat of invasion

wise, sage, sapient, judicious, prudent, sensible, sane mean having or showing sound judgment. wise suggests great understanding of people and of situations and unusual discernment and judgment in dealing with them. wise beyond his tender years sage suggests wide experience, great learning, and wisdom. the sage advice of my father sapient suggests great sagacity and discernment. the sapient musings of an old philosopher judicious stresses a capacity for reaching wise decisions or just conclusions. judicious parents using kindness and discipline in equal measure prudent suggests the exercise of restraint guided by sound practical wisdom and discretion. a prudent decision to wait out the storm sensible applies to action guided and restrained by good sense and rationality. a sensible woman who was not fooled by flattery sane stresses mental soundness, rationality, and levelheadedness. remained sane even in times of crises

Examples of sensible in a Sentence

Adjective

My teacher gave me some sensible advice. She was sensible enough to stop driving when she got too tired. She wore a sensible coat.
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The core problem of the Great Recession, looking back, is precisely that Lucas’s complacent forecast really did seem sensible at the time. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Great Recession was awful. And we don’t have a plan to stop the next one.," 16 Oct. 2018 This is why most people are sensible enough to wait for their friends and family members to reveal their pregnancy in their own time. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Are We So Obsessed with Meghan Markle's "Baby Bump"?," 10 Sep. 2018 Clinton deserves lots of credit for getting this sensible legislation passed. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Levi Sanders is portraying himself as a progressive campaigning for tuition-free college, health care for all and sensible gun legislation. Washington Post, "Bernie Sanders declining to help son in race fits pattern," 16 June 2018 Levi Sanders is portraying himself as a progressive campaigning for tuition-free college, health care for all and sensible gun legislation. CBS News, "Bernie Sanders declining to endorse even his own son fits a pattern," 16 June 2018 Loftus-Cheek is sensible to keep his options open given Chelsea's poor track record for providing academy graduates with a chance to shine. SI.com, "England Star Ruben Loftus-Cheek Issues Chelsea With a Warning Ahead of Next Season," 10 June 2018 Delegates passed 10 resolutions, dealing with subjects of living wage, sensible gun control, health care as a right and gerrymandering. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Area Democrats meet to elect delegates to state convention," 9 Apr. 2018 Perhaps turning it into a sentimental cop show was the only sensible approach. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Looming Tower’ Looks at 9/11, but Misses the Big Picture," 27 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Some see the investments as sensible for an organization sitting on enormous cash reserves. Rebecca R. Ruiz, New York Times, "Sign Up for the Sports Newsletter," 23 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of sensible

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sensible

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sensibilis, from sensus, past participle of sentire to feel

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English Language Learners Definition of sensible

: having or showing good sense or judgment

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

sensible

adjective
sen·​si·​ble | \ˈsen-sə-bəl \

Kids Definition of sensible

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 : designed for a practical purpose rather than for appearance sensible shoes

3 : capable of feeling or perceiving The patient was sensible to pain.

Other Words from sensible

sensibly \ -​blē \ adverb

sensible

adjective
sen·​si·​ble | \ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl \

Medical Definition of sensible 

1 : perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding felt a sensible chill

2 : capable of receiving sensory impressions sensible to pain

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