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Meaning of SENSIBLE

Pronunciation:  'sensubul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  proceeding from good sense or judgment; "a sensible choice"
  2. [adj]  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
  3. [adj]  readily perceived by the senses; "the sensible universe"; "a sensible odor"
  4. [adj]  marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters; "judicious use of one's money"; "a sensible manager"; "a wise decision"
  5. [adj]  showing reason or sound judgment; "a sensible choice"; "a sensible person"
  6. [adj]  able to feel or perceive; "even amoeba are sensible creatures"; "the more sensible parts of the skin"
  7. [adj]  acting with or showing thought and good sense; "a sensible young man"

SENSIBLE is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: advisable, aware(p), commonsense, commonsensible, commonsensical, healthy, intelligent, judicious, levelheaded, logical, perceptible, prudent, reasonable, sensitive, serious, sound, tenable, thoughtful, well-founded, wise
 Antonyms: insensible, unreasonable
 See Also: conscious, fair, just, rational, valid



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sen"si*ble\, a. [F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus
    1. 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.
                                                   --A. Smith.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.'' --Shak.
    4. 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. --Locke.
             They are now sensible it would have been better to
             comply than to refuse.                --Addison.
    5. Having moral perception; capable of being affected by
       moral good or evil.
    6. 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. --Shak.
    {Sensible note} or {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.'' --Woodward.
  2. \Sen"si*ble\, n.
    1. Sensation; sensibility. [R.] ''Our temper changed . . .
       which must needs remove the sensible of pain.'' --Milton.
    2. That which impresses itself on the sense; anything
             Aristotle distinguished sensibles into common and
             proper.                               --Krauth-Fleming.
    3. That which has sensibility; a sensitive being. [R.]
             This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but
             even to vegetals and sensibles.       --Burton.