sensible

adjective
sen·​si·​ble | \ ˈsen(t)-sə-bəl How to pronounce sensible (audio) \

Definition of sensible

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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 How to pronounce sensibly (audio) \ 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

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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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Conventional lasers are expensive and bulky, so reducing the number of lasers from 64 to one seems like a sensible way to cut costs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar," 8 Nov. 2018 So the sensible thing to embrace isn’t one institution or another, but instead the genuine wants and needs of the genuine members of your family: you, spouse, child. Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "She feels like a stay-at-home mom stuck in a career woman’s body," 29 Mar. 2019 The season’s best come in a mix of materials that toe the line between edgy and refined—a bit of clear PVC; a hint of snakeskin—all of which belie a sensible (and blessedly walkable) heel height. 2. Vogue, "5 Spring Essentials to Stock Up On," 19 Mar. 2019 But that's a sensible and practical decision driven by the fact that the world of laptop accessories has more or less favored USB over more proprietary standards. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the iPhone Won't Dump Lightning for USB-C Even Though the iPad Pro Did," 11 Feb. 2019 Ispend my days as an organizer helping clients optimize their storage and use their living space in efficient and sensible ways. Nicole Anzia, The Seattle Times, "5 ideas for dream storage spaces," 7 Jan. 2019 On the one hand, this understanding of AI as an idiot savant is perfectly sensible. James Vincent, The Verge, "Burger King’s ‘AI-written’ ads show we’re still very confused about artificial intelligence," 3 Oct. 2018 Of all the unorthodox moves that Kapler has made with his bullpen, his deployment of Dominguez is sensible. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "How Phillies' Pat Neshek (remember him?) could boost bullpen | Extra Innings," 14 June 2018 Its consistent push for austere policies might seem sensible, with a government debt pile climbing toward 250% of GDP. Mike Bird, WSJ, "The Myths and Legends of Japan’s 20 Years With Zero Interest Rates," 13 Feb. 2019

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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 How to pronounce sensible (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sensible (audio) \

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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