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sense

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sense

  1. 1 an indefinite physical response to a stimulus a strange sense of discomfort brought on by the room's strong colors Synonyms of sense feel, feeling, sensationWords Related to sense impression, perception; hint, suggestion, touch

  2. 2 the ability to learn and understand or to deal with problems although he has little formal education, he is a man of considerable practical sense Synonyms of sense brain(s), brainpower, gray matter, headpiece, intellect, intellectuality, mentality, reason, intelligence, smartsWords Related to sense eggheadedness, highbrowism, intellectualism; braininess, brilliance; acumen, alertness, apprehension, astuteness, discernment, discriminability, insight, judgment (or judgement), perception, percipience, perspicacity; common sense, horse sense, mother wit; aptitude, talent; sagacity, sapience, wisdom, wit; head, mind, skullNear Antonyms of sense denseness, density, doltishness, dopiness, dullness (also dulness), dumbness, fatuity, feeblemindedness, foolishness, half-wittedness, idiocy, imbecility, senselessness, simpleness, slowness, stupidity

  3. 3 the ability to make intelligent decisions especially in everyday matters you have the sense to handle anything that comes up Synonyms of sense discreetness, discretion, gumption [chiefly dialect], horse sense, levelheadedness, nous [chiefly British], policy, prudence, common sense, sensibleness, wisdom, witWords Related to sense street smarts; farsightedness, forehandedness, foresight, foresightedness, forethoughtfulness, judgment (or judgement); brains, gray matter, intelligence; logicality, logicalness, practicality, rationality, rationalness; discernment, discrimination, insight, sagacity, sapience; acumen, astuteness, clearheadedness, keenness, penetration, perspicacity, shrewdness; care, caution, circumspection, precaution, premeditationNear Antonyms of sense shortsightedness; brainlessness, foolishness, half-wittedness, idiocy, senselessness, stupidity; carelessness, heedlessness; unreasonablenessAntonyms of sense imprudence, indiscretion

  4. 4 the idea that is conveyed or intended to be conveyed to the mind by language, symbol, or action got the general sense of the poem Synonyms of sense content, denotation, drift, import, intent, intention, purport, meaning, significance, significationWords Related to sense connotation; clue, cue, hint, implication, indication, inkling, intimation, suggestion; message, tenor, theme; bottom, essence, essentiality, nature, soul, spirit, stuff; acceptance, acceptation, definition; burden, crux, gist; core, heart, kernel, marrow, nub, nucleus, pith, point, quick; matter, motif, motive, question, subject, topic

  5. 5 the thought processes that have been established as leading to valid solutions to problems your argument simply shows no sense Synonyms of sense intellection, ratiocination, reason, reasoning, logicWords Related to sense cogency, coherence, logicality, logicalness, rationality, rationalness; convincingness, persuasiveness; syllogism, synthesis; analysis, dissection; deduction, induction; argumentation, disputationNear Antonyms of sense illogic, incoherence; absurdity, brainlessness, insanity, irrationality, nonsensicalness, preposterousness, senselessness

Synonym Discussion of sense

sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions. sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence.
    • a choice showing good sense
common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge.
    • common sense tells me it's wrong
judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity.
    • they relied on her judgment for guidance
wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average.
    • a leader of rare wisdom

sense

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of sense

  1. 1 to have a vague awareness of the deer seemed to sense danger Synonyms of sense perceive, scent, see, feel, smell, tasteWords Related to sense behold, descry, discern, distinguish, espy, eye, look (at), note, notice, observe, perceive, regard, remark, sight, spy, view, witness; ascertain, catch on (to), discover, find out, hear, learn, realize; anticipate, divine, expect, foreknow, foresee; assume, conjecture, guess, presume, speculate, suppose, surmise, suspect

  2. 2 to have a clear idea of I did not sense the full meaning of his cryptic warning until much later Synonyms of sense appreciate, apprehend, assimilate, behold, catch, catch on (to), cognize, compass, conceive, cotton (to or on to), decipher, decode, dig, discern, get, grasp, grok, intuit, know, make, make out, perceive, recognize, register, savvy, see, seize, comprehend, tumble (to), twig, understandWords Related to sense absorb, digest, take in; realize; fathom, penetrate, pierceNear Antonyms of sense misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misperceive, misread, mistake, misunderstandAntonyms of sense miss



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