- having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.
- cognizant; keenly aware (usually followed by of): sensible of his fault.
- significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable: a sensible reduction in price.
- capable of being perceived by the senses; material: the sensible universe.
- capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.
- perceptible to the mind.
- conscious: The patient was speechless but still sensible.
- Archaic. sensitive.
Origin of sensible
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- having or showing good sense or judgmenta sensible decision
- (of clothing) serviceable; practicalsensible shoes
- having the capacity for sensation; sensitive
- capable of being apprehended by the senses
- perceptible to the mind
- (sometimes foll by of) having perception; awaresensible of your kindness
- readily perceived; considerablea sensible difference
- Also called: sensible note a less common term for leading note
Word Origin and History for nonsensible
late 14c., "capable of sensation or feeling;" also "capable of being sensed or felt, perceptible to the senses," hence "easily understood; logical, reasonable," from Late Latin sensibilis "having feeling, perceptible by the senses," from sensus, past participle of sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)). Of persons, "aware, cognizant (of something)" early 15c.; "having good sense, capable of reasoning, discerning, clever," mid-15c. Of clothes, shoes, etc., "practical rather than fashionable" it is attested from 1855.
Other Middle English senses included "susceptible to injury or pain" (early 15c., now gone with sensitive); "worldly, temporal, outward" (c.1400); "carnal, unspiritual" (early 15c., now gone with sensual). Related: Sensibleness.
- Perceptible by the senses or by the mind.
- Having the faculty of sensation; able to feel or perceive.
- Having a perception of something; cognizant.