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.
conscious: The patient was speechless but still sensible.
Archaic. sensitive.

1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin sēnsibilis, equivalent to sēns(us) sense + -ibilis -ible

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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sensible (ˈsɛnsɪbəl)
1.  having or showing good sense or judgment: a sensible decision
2.  (of clothing) serviceable; practical: sensible shoes
3.  having the capacity for sensation; sensitive
4.  capable of being apprehended by the senses
5.  perceptible to the mind
6.  (sometimes foll by of) having perception; aware: sensible of your kindness
7.  readily perceived; considerable: a sensible difference
8.  a less common term for leading note Also called: sensible note
[C14: from Old French, from Late Latin sēnsibilis, from Latin sentīre to sense]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "perceptible to the senses," from L. sensibilis "having feeling, perceptible by the senses," from sensus, pp. of sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense). Meaning "aware, cognizant (of something)" is recorded from c.1412. Meaning "having good sense, reasonable" first
recorded c.1530. Of clothes, shoes, etc., "practical rather than fashionable" it is attested from 1855. Sensibility "capacity for refined emotion" is from 1756.
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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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