sensibility

  • 1 Sensibility — refers to an acute perception of or responsiveness toward something, such as the emotions of another. This concept emerged in eighteenth century Britain, and was closely associated with studies of sense perception as the means through which… …

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  • 2 Sensibility — Sen si*bil i*ty, n.; pl. {Sensibilities}. [Cf. F. sensibilit[ e], LL. sensibilitas.] 1. (Physiol.) The quality or state of being sensible, or capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive. [1913 Webster] 2. The capacity of emotion or feeling …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 sensibility — I noun acuteness, affectibility, alertness, appreciation, attentiveness, awareness, comprehension, consciousness, delicacy, delicacy of feeling, discernment, discrimination, emotion, feeling, fineness, impressibility, judgment, keenness,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 sensibility — late 14c., “capability of being perceived by the senses,” from L. sensibilitas, from sensibilis (see SENSIBLE (Cf. sensible)). Rarely recorded until the emergence of the meaning “emotional consciousness, capacity for refined emotion”… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 sensibility — feeling, sense, *sensation Analogous words: perception, *discernment, penetration, discrimination, insight: sensitiveness, susceptibility (see corresponding adjectives at LIABLE): emotion, *feeling, affection …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 sensibility — [n] responsiveness; ability to feel affection, appreciation, awareness, discernment, emotion, feeling, gut reaction*, heart*, insight, intuition, judgment, keenness, perceptiveness, rationale, sensation, sense, sensitiveness, sensitivity,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 sensibility — ► NOUN (pl. sensibilities) 1) the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic influences. 2) (sensibilities) the tendency to be easily offended of shocked …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 sensibility — [sen΄sə bil′ə tē] n. pl. sensibilities [ME < MFr < LL sensibilitas < L sensibilis: see SENSIBLE] 1. the capacity for physical sensation; power of responding to stimuli; ability to feel 2. [often pl.] a) the capacity for being affected… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Sensibility — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Sensibility >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 sensibility sensibility sensibleness sensitiveness Sgm: N 1 moral sensibility moral sensibility Sgm: N 1 impressibility impressibility affectibility Sgm: N 1 susceptibleness… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 10 sensibility — [[t]se̱nsɪbɪ̱lɪti[/t]] sensibilities 1) N UNCOUNT: usu supp N Sensibility is the ability to experience deep feelings. Everything he writes demonstrates the depth of his sensibility. ...a man of sensibility. 2) N VAR: usu poss N Someone s… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 sensibility — /sen seuh bil i tee/, n., pl. sensibilities. 1. capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli. 2. mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling. 3. keen… …

    Universalium

  • 12 sensibility — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Receptivity Nouns 1. sensibility, sensitivity, sensitiveness; feeling, perceptivity, esthetics; sensation, impression; consciousness (see knowledge); sensorium. 2. (mental sensibility) sensibleness,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 sensibility — UK [ˌsensəˈbɪlətɪ] / US noun Word forms sensibility : singular sensibility plural sensibilities 1) [uncountable] formal the ability to experience deep emotions, especially as a reaction to literature or art her fine poetic sensibility 2)… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 sensibility — n. (pl. ies) 1 capacity to feel (little finger lost its sensibility). 2 a openness to emotional impressions, susceptibility, sensitiveness (sensibility to kindness). b an exceptional or excessive degree of this (sense and sensibility). 3 (in pl.) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 sensibility — The consciousness of sensation; the capability of perceiving sensible stimuli. [L. sensibilitas] articular s. appreciation of sensation in joint surfaces. SYN: arthresthesia, joint sense. bone s. SYN: pallesthesia …

    Medical dictionary

  • 16 sensibility — A way of feeling. A person s aesthetic or ethical sensibility is described by telling what kinds of situation generate different kinds of aesthetic or ethical response. The cult of sensibility in the mid 18th century celebrated a response to life …

    Philosophy dictionary

  • 17 sensibility — noun (plural ties) Date: 15th century 1. ability to receive sensations ; sensitiveness < tactile sensibility > 2. peculiar susceptibility to a pleasurable or painful impression (as from praise or a slight) often used in plural 3. awareness of and …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 sensibility — Synonyms and related words: acuity, acumen, acuteness, adaptability, affectibility, affection, affectivity, agreeability, amenability, apperception, appreciation, appreciation of differences, appreciativeness, artistic judgment, astuteness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 sensibility — sen|si|bil|i|ty [ˌsensıˈbılıti] n plural sensibilities 1.) [U and C] the way that someone reacts to particular subjects or types of behaviour ▪ her religious sensibilities offend/wound sb s sensibilities ▪ Avoid using words that might offend… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 sensibility — noun plural sensibilities 1 wound/offend sb s sensibilities to offend someone by being rude or unpleasant etc: It wounded her delicate sensibilities to be addressed in such a vulgar manner. 2 (U) the ability to understand feelings, especially… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English