Definition of sensible in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnsɪb(ə)l/


1Done or chosen in accordance with wisdom or prudence; likely to be of benefit: I cannot believe that it is sensible to spend so much a sensible diet
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  • In the meantime, women should be getting the clear message about the many health benefits of adopting a sensible diet and engaging in regular exercise.
  • If spending on this scale is sensible, its wisdom ought to be demonstrable.
  • Drivers are more likely to respect a sensible approach to road safety such as locally controlled temporary limits, as used successfully by a number of other councils around the country.
1.1(Of a person) possessing or displaying prudence: he was a sensible and capable boy
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  • A number of normally sensible people in Europe have supported this proposition.
  • What sane, sensible person would throw more than a billion dollars at the overseas sharemarket at a time of major volatility?
  • Good, normally sensible drivers start thinking about taking chances.
2(Of an object) practical and functional rather than decorative: Mum always made me have sensible shoes
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  • Now that I'm officially old I'll have to settle down, buy a pair of sensible shoes and get something magnificently practical like a winch.
  • What I do care about is the practicality of running around in a sandpit with sensible shoes on for 10 minutes.
  • Part shrine, part purveyor of durable, practical and sensible outdoor gear, MEC has what you need - and they'll tell you exactly what that is and why.
3 archaic Readily perceived; appreciable: it will effect a sensible reduction in these figures
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  • And even if it did, our mind's ability to perceive what is sensible would not necessarily be accurate.
  • It is not even sufficient for perceiving merely sensible qualities such as colours and shapes.
3.1 (sensible of/to) Able to notice or appreciate; not unaware of: we are sensible of the difficulties he faces
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  • A truly humble man is sensible of his natural distance from God; of his dependence on him; of the insufficiency of his own power and wisdom.
  • For if the reason is sound, it is sensible of the body's diseases: but being itself diseased with those of the soul, it has no judgment in what it suffers.



Pronunciation: /ˈsɛnsɪb(ə)lnəs/
Example sentences
  • Call it post-thirties sensibleness, but we were both hankering for small suitcases with wheels and handles, although when it came to it Paul ended up buying a suitcase that completely enveloped the one I picked out.
  • It is the very lack of sensibleness that excites people.


Late Middle English (also in the sense 'perceptible by the senses'): from Old French, or from Latin sensibilis, from sensus (see sense).

Words that rhyme with sensible

apprehensible, comprehensible, defensible, distensible, extensible, ostensible, reprehensible
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