Definition of sensible
1 : of a kind to be felt or perceived: 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>
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
5 : designed for practical ends (as comfort) rather than for appearance <sensible shoes>
sensiblyplay \-blē\ adverb
Examples of sensible in a sentence
My teacher gave me some sensible advice.
She was sensible enough to stop driving when she got too tired.
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
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 exercise of the restraint of 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>.
Definition of sensible
: something that can be sensed
First Known Use of sensible
SENSIBLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of sensible for Students
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.>
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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