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Sensible \Sen"si*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus sense.]
Capable of being perceived by the senses; apprehensible through the bodily organs; hence, also, perceptible to the mind; making an impression upon the sense, reason, or understanding; ?????? heat; sensible resistance.
Air is sensible to the touch by its motion.
The disgrace was more sensible than the pain.
--Sir W. Temple.
Any very sensible effect upon the prices of things.
Having the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; capable of perceiving by the instrumentality of the proper organs; liable to be affected physsically or mentally; impressible.
Would your cambric were sensible as your finger.
Hence: Liable to impression from without; easily affected; having nice perception or acute feeling; sensitive; also, readily moved or affected by natural agents; delicate; as, a sensible thermometer. ``With affection wondrous sensible.''
Perceiving or having perception, either by the senses or the mind; cognizant; perceiving so clearly as to be convinced; satisfied; persuaded.
He [man] can not think at any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.
They are now sensible it would have been better to comply than to refuse.
Having moral perception; capable of being affected by moral good or evil.
Possessing or containing sense or reason; giftedwith, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise.
Now a sensible man, by and by a fool.
Sensible note or Sensible tone (Mus.), the major seventh note of any scale; -- so called because, being but a half step below the octave, or key tone, and naturally leading up to that, it makes the ear sensible of its approaching sound. Called also the leading tone.
Sensible horizon. See Horizon, n., 2. (a) .
Syn: Intelligent; wise.
Usage: Sensible, Intelligent. We call a man sensible whose judgments and conduct are marked and governed by sound judgment or good common semse. We call one intelligent who is quick and clear in his understanding, i. e., who discriminates readily and nicely in respect to difficult and important distinction. The sphere of the sensible man lies in matters of practical concern; of the intelligent man, in subjects of intellectual interest. ``I have been tired with accounts from sensible men, furnished with matters of fact which have happened within their own knowledge.''
--Addison. ``Trace out numerous footsteps . . . of a most wise and intelligent architect throughout all this stupendous fabric.''
Sensible \Sen"si*ble\, n.
Sensation; sensibility. [R.] ''Our temper changed . . . which must needs remove the sensible of pain.''
That which impresses itself on the sense; anything perceptible.
Aristotle distinguished sensibles into common and proper.
That which has sensibility; a sensitive being. [R.]
This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but even to vegetals and sensibles.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "capable of sensation or feeling;" also "capable of being sensed or felt, perceptible to the senses," hence "easily understood; logical, reasonable," from Late Latin sensibilis "having feeling, perceptible by the senses," from sensus, past participle of sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)). Of persons, "aware, cognizant (of something)" early 15c.; "having good sense, capable of reasoning, discerning, clever," mid-15c. Of clothes, shoes, etc., "practical rather than fashionable" it is attested from 1855.\n
\nOther Middle English senses included "susceptible to injury or pain" (early 15c., now gone with sensitive); "worldly, temporal, outward" (c.1400); "carnal, unspiritual" (early 15c., now gone with sensual). Related: Sensibleness.
a. 1 (context now dated or formal English) perceptible by the senses. 2 easily perceived; appreciable. 3 (context archaic English) able to feel or perceive. 4 (context archaic English) Liable to external impression; easily affected; sensitive. 5 Of or pertaining to the senses; sensory. 6 (context archaic English) cognizant; having the perception of something; aware of something. 7 act with or showing good sense; able to make good judgements based on reason. 8 Characterized more by usefulness or practicality than by fashionableness, especially of clothing. n. 1 (context obsolete English) sensation; sensibility. 2 (context obsolete English) That which impresses itself on the senses; anything perceptible. 3 (context obsolete English) That which has sensibility; a sensitive being.
able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible p enveloping(a), shrouding(a), concealing,& (concealing by enclosing or wrapping as if in something that is not solid; "the enveloping darkness"; "hills concealed by shrouding mists") arts of the skin" [syn: sensitive] [ant: insensible]
acting with or showing thought and good sense; "a sensible young man" [syn: thoughtful]
readily perceived by the senses; "the sensible universe"; "a sensible odor"
aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed; "made sensible of his mistakes"; "I am sensible that the mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling"- Henry Hallam; "sensible that a good deal more is still to be done"- Edmund Burke
proceeding from good sense or judgment; "a sensible choice" [syn: judicious]
Sensible may refer to:
- Captain Sensible (born 1954), English rock guitarist
- French frigate Sensible (1788), a 32-gun Magicienne-class frigate
- Sensible Sentencing Trust, a lobby group
- Sensible Software, a defunct video game company
Usage examples of "sensible".
Laud and his associates, by reviving a few primitive institutions of this nature, corrected the error of the first reformers, and presented to the affrightened and astonished mind some sensible, exterior observances, which might occupy it during its religious exercises, and abate the violence of its disappointed efforts.
Even with this anguish for his mother tightening about him, he was sensible of the wonder of living this evening.
A first principle is that the knowing of sensible objects is an act of the soul, or of the living conjoint, becoming aware of the quality of certain corporeal entities, and appropriating the ideas present in them.
The only sensible quality of the Speedwell is the powerful astringency of its leaves, and this property serves to protect it from herbivorous foes.
Gamesmen of Barish while she asked sensible, penetrating questions in a manner which reminded me much of Himaggery on his better days.
A sensible man, my dear Christine, when he has been rightly brought up, never ventures upon such a question, because he is not only certain to displease, but also sure that he will never know the truth, for if the truth is likely to injure a woman in the opinion of her husband, she would be very foolish, indeed, to confess it.
On the other hand, if the animal is sensible to pain, the stimulation of sensory nerves, or any sharp or sudden pang, TEND TO CAUSE A RISE IN THE PRESSURE OF THE BLOOD, unless the creature has become exhausted by the experimentation to which it has been subjected.
He was not so sensible another time when he expressed a wish to have been Raphael.
Charles, sensible that an extorted consent, attended with such invidious circumstances, would rather be prejudicial to his measures, had wholly laid aside the use of assemblies, and was resolved, in conjunction with the bishops, to govern the church by an authority to which he thought himself fully entitled, and which he believed inherent in the crown.
His homily led off with such fulsome praise of Monsieur, that, from that day forward, he lost all his credit, and sensible people thereafter only looked upon him as a vile sycophant, a mere dealer in flattery and fairy-tales.
During two days the king rejected his application: but sensible, either that this affair might be attended with dangerous consequences, or that in his impatience he had groundlessly accused the primate of malversation in his office, which seems really to have been the case, he at last permitted him to take his seat, and was reconciled to him.
In this form, as in the Acepan, the response was predominantly flight, the Ket species having matured into a sensible preference to avoid danger whenever possible.
Besides, he is far too intelligent and sensible a man to have a midlife crisis.
The third species of quality contains only sensible passions or sensible qualities.
Cruel indeed would it be if such a work as this history, which hath employed some thousands of hours in the composing, should be liable to be condemned, because some particular chapter, or perhaps chapters, may be obnoxious to very just and sensible objections.