from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The ability to feel or perceive.
  • n. Keen intellectual perception: the sensibility of a painter to color.
  • n. Mental or emotional responsiveness toward something, such as the feelings of another.
  • n. Receptiveness to impression, whether pleasant or unpleasant; acuteness of feeling. Often used in the plural: "The sufferings of the Cuban people shocked our sensibilities” ( George F. Kennan).
  • n. Refined awareness and appreciation in matters of feeling.
  • n. The quality of being affected by changes in the environment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ability to sense, feel or perceive; especially to be sensitive to the feelings of another
  • n. An acute awareness or feeling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being sensible, or capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive.
  • n. The capacity of emotion or feeling, as distinguished from the intellect and the will; peculiar susceptibility of impression, pleasurable or painful; delicacy of feeling; quick emotion or sympathy; ; -- often used in the plural.
  • n. Experience of sensation; actual feeling.
  • n. That quality of an instrument which makes it indicate very slight changes of condition; delicacy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or property of being sensible or capable of sensation; capability of sensation.
  • n. Mental receptivity or susceptibility in general.
  • n. Specifically, the capacity of exercising or being the subject of emotion or feeling in a restricted sense; capacity for the higher or more refined feelings.
  • n. In a still narrower sense, peculiar susceptibility of impression, pleasurable or painful; unusual delicacy or keenness of feeling; quick emotion or sympathy; sensitiveness: in this sense used frequently in the plural.
  • n. The property, as in an instrument, of responding quickly to very slight changes of condition; delicacy; sensitiveness (the better word in this use).
  • n. Sensation.
  • n. Feeling; appreciation; sense; realization.
  • n. Synonyms and Taste, Sensibility. See taste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
  • n. refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
  • n. mental responsiveness and awareness


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  • To qualify the term sensibility with any adjective inevitably means losing the denotation that sensible things can be the road to meaning.

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  • We apply the term sensibility to the receptivity of the mind for impressions, in so far as it is in some way affected; and, on the other hand, we call the faculty of spontaneously producing representations, or the spontaneity of cognition, understanding.

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  • The constant form of this receptivity, which we call sensibility, is a necessary condition of all relations in which objects can be intuited as existing without us, and when abstraction of these objects is made, is a pure intuition, to which we give the name of space.

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  • There may be an increasingly shared "sensibility" among "global" writers, but finally the way in which that sensibility is embodied in the available resources of the writer's medium -- the particular language in which he/she writes -- can't simply be ignored.

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  • Madam, it is impossible for me to suspect a man of Mr. Snake’s sensibility and discernment.

    Sheridan, School for Scandal

    January 5, 2008