noun, plural sensibilities.
capacity for sensation
or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.
keen consciousness or appreciation.
sensibilities, emotional capacities.
Sometimes, sensibilities. liability to feel hurt or offended; sensitive feelings.
Often, sensibilities. capacity for intellectual and aesthetic distinctions, feelings, tastes, etc.: a man of refined sensibilities.
the property, as in plants or instruments, of being readily affected by external influences.
Origin: 1325–75; Middle English sensibilite Related forms
< Middle French
< Late Latin sēnsibilitās.
nonsensibility, noun, plural nonsensibilities.
unsensibility, noun, plural unsensibilities.
1. Sensibility, susceptibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity refer to capacity to respond to or be affected by something. Sensibility is, particularly, capacity to respond to aesthetic and emotional stimuli: the sensibility of the artist. Susceptibility is the state or quality of being impressionable and responsive, especially to emotional stimuli; in the plural it has much the same meaning as sensibility : a person of keen susceptibilities. Sensitiveness is the state or quality of being sensitive, of having a capacity of sensation and of responding to external stimuli: sensitiveness to light. Sensitivity is a special capability of being sensitive to physiological, chemical action or a tendency to be easily affected by the adverse reactions of others: the sensitivity of a nerve; sensitivity to criticism. 2. alertness, awareness.