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sensible

[sen-suh-buh l] /ˈsɛn sə bəl/
adjective
1.
having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment:
a sensible young woman.
2.
cognizant; keenly aware (usually followed by of):
sensible of his fault.
3.
significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable:
a sensible reduction in price.
4.
capable of being perceived by the senses; material:
the sensible universe.
5.
capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.
6.
perceptible to the mind.
7.
conscious:
The patient was speechless but still sensible.
8.
Archaic. sensitive.
Origin
1325-1375
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
Synonyms
1. intelligent, sagacious, rational, reasonable. See practical. 2. conscious, understanding, observant. 4. perceptible, discernible, palpable.
Antonyms
1. stupid.
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sensible

/ˈsɛnsɪbəl/
adjective
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
noun
8.
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 un sensible

sensible

adj.

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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un sensible in Medicine

sensible sen·si·ble (sěn'sə-bəl)
adj.

  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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