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sensibility

[sen-suh-bil-i-tee]
noun, plural sensibilities.
1.
capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
2.
mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.
3.
keen consciousness or appreciation.
4.
sensibilities, emotional capacities.
5.
Sometimes, sensibilities. liability to feel hurt or offended; sensitive feelings.
6.
Often, sensibilities. capacity for intellectual and aesthetic distinctions, feelings, tastes, etc.: a man of refined sensibilities.
7.
the property, as in plants or instruments, of being readily affected by external influences.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English sensibilite < Middle French < Late Latin sēnsibilitās. See sensible, -ity

hypersensibility, noun
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.
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sensibility (ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  the ability to perceive or feel
2.  (often plural) the capacity for responding to emotion, impression, etc
3.  (often plural) the capacity for responding to aesthetic stimuli
4.  mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness
5.  (usually plural) emotional or moral feelings: cruelty offends most people's sensibilities
6.  the condition of a plant of being susceptible to external influences, esp attack by parasites

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sensibility sen·si·bil·i·ty (sěn'sə-bĭl'ĭ-tē)
n.

  1. The ability to perceive stimuli.

  2. Mental or emotional responsiveness toward something, such as the feelings of another.

  3. Receptiveness to impression, whether pleasant or unpleasant; acuteness of feeling.

  4. The quality of being affected by changes in the environment.

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