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[sen-suh-buh l] /ˈsɛn sə bəl/
having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment:
a sensible young woman.
cognizant; keenly aware (usually followed by of):
sensible of his fault.
significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable:
a sensible reduction in price.
capable of being perceived by the senses; material:
the sensible universe.
capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.
perceptible to the mind.
The patient was speechless but still sensible.
Archaic. sensitive.
Origin of sensible
1325-75; Middle English < Old French < Latin sēnsibilis, equivalent to sēns(us) sense + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
sensibleness, noun
sensibly, adverb
nonsensible, adjective
nonsensibleness, noun
nonsensibly, adverb
oversensible, adjective
oversensibleness, noun
oversensibly, adverb
unsensible, adjective
unsensibleness, noun
unsensibly, adverb
1. intelligent, sagacious, rational, reasonable. See practical. 2. conscious, understanding, observant. 4. perceptible, discernible, palpable.
1. stupid. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sensible
  • Seismologists are reasonable, sensible people who don't brag.
  • If no sensible explanation that's compatible with our current knowledge is found, then that's a breakthrough.
  • They will then sketch and explain their designs for sensible tiger enclosures in zoos.
  • Safe, sensible driving almost always translates into increased fuel efficiency for your vehicle.
  • Despite her sensible shoes, her granite-stern features reveal a constant, low-level strain.
  • Again, this is not law but in retrospect it might have been sensible.
  • On one hand, this effort struck us as a perfectly sensible.
  • Despite the mega-info displayed on the in-dash control screen, the layout is sensible, easy to read and understand.
  • Avoid those issues by packing some sensible solutions.
  • His patience in his last sickness made him seem never sensible to pain.
British Dictionary definitions for sensible


having or showing good sense or judgment: a sensible decision
(of clothing) serviceable; practical: sensible shoes
having the capacity for sensation; sensitive
capable of being apprehended by the senses
perceptible to the mind
(sometimes foll by of) having perception; aware: sensible of your kindness
readily perceived; considerable: a sensible difference
Also called sensible note a less common term for leading note
Derived Forms
sensibleness, noun
sensibly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Late Latin sēnsibilis, from Latin sentīre to sense
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Word Origin and History for sensible

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.

Other 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.

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sensible in Medicine

sensible sen·si·ble (sěn'sə-bəl)

  1. Perceptible by the senses or by the mind.

  2. Having the faculty of sensation; able to feel or perceive.

  3. Having a perception of something; cognizant.

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