Definition of sensibility in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsensəˈbilədē/

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.
Example sentences
  • 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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