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Sensibility \Sen`si*bil"i*ty\, n.; pl. Sensibilities. [Cf. F. sensibilit['e], LL. sensibilitas.]

  1. (Physiol.) The quality or state of being sensible, or capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive.

  2. The capacity of emotion or feeling, as distinguished from the intellect and the will; peculiar susceptibility of impression, pleasurable or painful; delicacy of feeling; quick emotion or sympathy; as, sensibility to pleasure or pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite sensibility; -- often used in the plural. ``Sensibilities so fine!''

    The true lawgiver ought to have a heart full of sensibility.

    His sensibilities seem rather to have been those of patriotism than of wounded pride.

  3. Experience of sensation; actual feeling.

    This adds greatly to my sensibility.

  4. That quality of an instrument which makes it indicate very slight changes of condition; delicacy; as, the sensibility of a balance, or of a thermometer.

    Syn: Taste; susceptibility; feeling. See Taste.


n. (plural of sensibility English)

Usage examples of "sensibilities".

Undaunted, the two wanderers then went lower, into caverns that seemed foreign even to their dwarven sensibilities, into corridors where the sheer pressure of thousands of tons of rock pushed crystals out in front of them in swirling arrays, into tun­nels of beautiful colors, where strange lichen glowed eerie colors.

Another curious, and certainly out-of-place, fact that assailed her sensibilities, fed her growing belief that something indeed was terribly wrong.

To Catti-brie's dwarven-reared sensibilities, this was all nonsense and, worse, weakness.

It was a weapon, like her bow, and, though its brutal tactics assaulted her sensibilities, Catti-brie came, in that moment, to accept them.

The notion of Catti-brie, dear and innocent Catti-brie, being given to the horrid, wretched Spider Queen was too much for Drizzt's sensibilities to bear.

The truth of his bond to Wulfgar-the real reason he stayed so close to him-despite all his sensibilities (the barbarian was being watched by dark elves, after all!

There were bags of food at the back, along with rope and material for shelter, but most prominent to Wulfgar's sensibilities were the cases of bottles, full bottles of potent liquor.

All of Meralda's sensibilities, her eyes still wide open from her previous encounter with this boy, screamed the truth at her.

His sensibilities were stung, both by the realization that these were dark elves that had come to secluded Dallabad, and by the magical counterattack that had overwhelmed his gauntlet.

Something had happened to the halfling's sensibilities on the last long road, when he'd felt the piercing agony of a goblin spear through his shoulder—when he'd nearly died.

While that only made him want to get right back into battle, he understood that Deudermont had more to worry about than the sensibilities of one warrior.

That was why Bruenor had insisted on coming to this city where so many of his kinfolk were living in conditions and climate much more fitting to human sensibilities than to a dwarf's.

Even worse, to the gnome's sensibilities, Mirabar's dwarves were still under the impression that Torgar was on the road to, or perhaps had even arrived at, Mithral Hall.

For while I understand the turns our road together will inevitably take, and I fully accept them, she fears them, I believe, and more for my sensibilities than for her own.

He was a paragon among males, an insightful man of refined sensibilities, a man of vision and intelligence, a man of strong character.