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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 sensibly
  • In truth, historians say, he sensibly followed roads that skirted the wasteland.
  • But the scientific theory of evolution, sensibly enough, says nothing one way or the other about divine guidance.
  • Rounding principles that sensibly apply to a couple of pennies don't automatically carry over to two hundred billion dollars.
  • Harvard, quite sensibly, is not giving credit to its students for its own on-line courses.
  • No, they do not, and the colleague did all that he sensibly could have done.
  • If used sensibly these can often reduce outrageous exploitation and give things a nudge in the right direction.
  • Coal plants should be sensibly phased out at the end of their operating lives as nuclear is phased in.
  • Maybe if more reporters actually served, they could write sensibly about the military.
  • Policymakers are, quite sensibly, trying to add to the coping devices available to us for dealing with this problem.
  • He has proposed a squarish tower, sensibly set as far back from the existing structure as the rather tight lot allows.
British Dictionary definitions for sensibly


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 sensibly

early 15c., "in a manner perceived to the senses," from sensible + -ly (2). Meaning "with good sense" is attested from 1755.



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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sensibly 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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