noun (plural sensibilities)[mass noun]
- 1The quality of being able to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences; sensitivity: the study of literature leads to a growth of intelligence and sensibilityMore example sentences
sensitivity, sensitiveness, finer feelings, delicacy, subtlety, taste, discrimination, discernment; understanding, insight, empathy, appreciation, awareness of the feelings of others; feeling, intuition, intuitiveness, responsiveness, receptivity, receptiveness, perceptiveness, awareness
- 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.
- 1.1 (sensibilities) A quality of delicate sensitivity that makes one liable to be offended or shocked: the scale of the poverty revealed by the survey shocked people’s sensibilitiesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2 Zoology , • dated Sensitivity to sensory stimuli.More 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).