Definition of sensibility in English:


Syllabification: sen·si·bil·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˌsensəˈbilitē

noun (plural sensibilities)

  • 1The ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences; sensitivity: the study of literature leads to a growth of intelligence and sensibility
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    • Those of us who knew this other Clyde, this man of strong emotional sensibility, are grateful for the experience.
    • Chinese artists show unique sensibility and emotion in their observation.
    • As it was, there was absolutely no aesthetic sensibility at work whatsoever.
    sensitivity, finer feelings, delicacy, taste, discrimination, discernment; understanding, insight, empathy, appreciation; feeling, intuition, responsiveness, receptiveness, perceptiveness, awareness
  • 1.1 (sensibilities) A person’s delicate sensitivity that makes them readily offended or shocked: the scale of the poverty revealed by the survey shocked people’s sensibilities
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    • That is, of course, when it doesn't offend people's delicate sensibilities.
    • Is the frontier a little too foreign and rough to your delicate Eastern sensibilities?
    • No one, as far as I am aware, threatened to sue her for wounding their delicate sensibilities.
    (finer) feelings, emotions, sensitivities, moral sense
  • 1.2 Zoology , • dated Sensitivity to sensory stimuli.
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    • He knew full well that his friend was beginning to lose his sensibility but the pain still had a bitter sting.
    • Threshold tests of sensibility correlated accurately with symptoms of nerve compression.


late Middle English (denoting the power of sensation): from late Latin sensibilitas, from sensibilis 'that can be perceived by the senses' (see sensible).

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