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

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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Looking back, that seems like an uncommonly sensible time in which both parties tried to bring right and left together, not just play to their bases. Clarence Page, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Joe Biden’s familiar straight talk faces Donald Trump’s doublespeak," 1 Sep. 2020 The only sensible thing to do is carve out the first week of September and give it to August. Star Tribune, "Lileks: When does summer really end?," 28 Aug. 2020 To be fair, however, much of what the Fed has being doing is sensible. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: The Greening of the Fed?," 26 Aug. 2020 Baseball had a shot here to be the first sport really back once its safe to do so in a sensible way, which could have captivated a whole new set of fans and endeared the game to all. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Mailbag: Who’s to blame for MLB’s mess? What happens with the next CBA?," 16 June 2020 Brother claims that he is being levelheaded and sensible about a difficult topic, and that disposition of a deceased relative's estate is a matter of business and there is no room for my soppy sentiment. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: My greedy brother is just waiting for dad to die!," 26 Aug. 2020 The Republican National Convention begins tonight, and in a sensible world, the big question should be: How can these party leaders even show their faces? Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Republican Voters Embrace Trump’s Cult of Destruction," 24 Aug. 2020 In recent weeks, the designer has been posting various outfit pics from his home’s grounds and not a pair of denim overalls or sensible rubber boots are in sight. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs Has Taken Up an Unexpected Hobby," 24 Aug. 2020 These eight teams could make for the most sensible landing spots for Thomas: 1. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "Earl Thomas landing spots: Will Cowboys finally 'come get' ex-Ravens safety?," 24 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While nobody sensible would label any backcountry travel in Alaska a walk in the park, Katmai’s terrain adds extra challenges—and rewards. Katie Orlinsky, National Geographic, "Retracing the explosive history of a remote national park in Alaska," 27 May 2020 In the tradition of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Homer and Marge Simpson, there’s one impulsive, enthusiastic risk-taker (Chip, 45) and one sensible, occasionally exasperated realist (Joanna, 42). Julia Moskin, New York Times, "For Joanna Gaines, Home Is the Heart of a Food and Design Empire," 4 May 2020 Fe Noel’s louche dresses, flowing trousers, and signature billowing sleeves prove that sensible can also be sensual. Cady Lang, Time, "10 Designers You Should Watch at New York Fashion Week," 4 Feb. 2020 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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The first known use of sensible was in the 14th century

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“Sensible.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sensible. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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sensible

adjective
How to pronounce sensible (audio)

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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