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sensible1 of 2
: having, containing, or indicative of good sense or reason : rational, reasonable
made a sensible answer
: designed for practical ends (such as comfort) rather than for appearance
: of a kind to be felt or perceived: such as
: perceptible to the senses or to reason or understanding
felt a sensible chill
her distress was sensible from her manner
: perceptible as real or material : substantial
the sensible world in which we live
archaic : perceptibly large : considerable
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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AdjectiveIn what was perhaps a reflection of the current economic times, several brands presented collections that pushed forward a quiet, almost modest approach to high fashion, with clothes that felt wearable and sensible, while still being aspirational. —Marianna Cerini, CNN, 28 Feb. 2023 Aside from all these details, too many public officials are losing sight of the actual problems and what caused them, creating a major hurdle to doing something more sensible and useful. —Norbert Michel, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 The sloped-roof X6—a niche, fashion-conscious alternative to the X5—benefits from the same upgrades as its more sensible sibling, including the 48-volt hybrid system that improves the efficiency of both the inline-six and V-8 motors. —Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 7 Feb. 2023 These big winners at the 2023 Grammys were both somewhat sensible and somewhat surprising (except for maybe Raitt, who was just plain surprising). —Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2023 VanVleet, however, could make for a more sensible trade candidate. —Michael Shapiro, Chron, 3 Feb. 2023 Today, virtually anyone can buy a few shares of a company and fight openly for more sensible strategies. —Terrence Keeley, National Review, 25 Jan. 2023 Instead of starting trade season off with a blockbuster deal highlighted by either their 2027 or 2029 first-round picks, the Lakers struck a more sensible note in trading for the former lottery pick. —Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023 The subject of this earlier one, oddly enough, was that Harry wanted to do conservation work in Africa, which would seem like a far more sensible plan than, say, his earlier foray into strip-billiards-playing in Las Vegas. —Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2023
NounRuPaul's Drag Race has set its largest cast ever at (a sensible) 16 queens set to enter the Werk Room for season 15. —Joey Nolfi, EW.com, 13 Dec. 2022 For a sensible, almost every day pick, there is always the Stuart Weitzman loafer with a crystal buckle and a slight heel. —Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 5 Dec. 2022 While a classic wristwatch from Timex could denote a sensible, no-frills man who appreciates function over flash. —Mike Richard, Men's Health, 8 Nov. 2022 The overall impression is of an intelligent pet rather than a machine attempting to seem human—sensible given the robot’s limitations. —WIRED, 29 Sep. 2022 If sensible was the only rule to automotive design, everything would look like the inside of a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe. —Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 27 July 2021 All four characters' voice actors are stellar, though in particular, the band's producer, voiced by Fiona Rene (Stumptown), kills it as the series' sensible-yet-fraught anchor. —Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 17 Aug. 2022 That’s thanks to unforgivable legislative failure on sensible, lifesaving gun control reforms despite one horrific massacre of innocent people after another. —Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 2022 The shoes in particular have become something of a signature summertime style for the queen, who has been seen sporting the sensible yet fashionable look on numerous occasions over the years, especially during the warm. —Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 12 July 2022 See More
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