- capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.
- mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.
- keen consciousness or appreciation.
- sensibilities, emotional capacities.
- Sometimes sensibilities. liability to feel hurt or offended; sensitive feelings.
- Often sensibilities. capacity for intellectual and aesthetic distinctions, feelings, tastes, etc.: a man of refined sensibilities.
- the property, as in plants or instruments, of being readily affected by external influences.
Origin of sensibility
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- the ability to perceive or feel
- (often plural) the capacity for responding to emotion, impression, etc
- (often plural) the capacity for responding to aesthetic stimuli
- mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness
- (usually plural) emotional or moral feelingscruelty offends most people's sensibilities
- the condition of a plant of being susceptible to external influences, esp attack by parasites
Word Origin and History for hypersensibility
late 14c., "capability of being perceived by the senses; ability to sense or perceive," from Old French sensibilite, from Late Latin sensibilitatem (nominative sensibilitas), from sensibilis (see sensible). Rarely recorded until the emergence of the meaning "emotional consciousness, capacity for higher feelings or refined emotion" (1751). Related: Sensibilities.
- The ability to perceive stimuli.
- Mental or emotional responsiveness toward something, such as the feelings of another.
- Receptiveness to impression, whether pleasant or unpleasant; acuteness of feeling.
- The quality of being affected by changes in the environment.