- 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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Examples from the Web for sensibility
Hitchcock's sensibility was being shaped by the German Expressionist masters.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
How did your favorite short story writers shape your sensibility?Tony Earley's Imaginary Friends
September 2, 2014
The sensibility about female characters is different than it was.The ‘Maleficent’ Screenwriter Also Wrote ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’
June 1, 2014
He brought a sensibility to late-night TV that nobody else had anywhere in the broadcast day.Stephen Colbert’s Groveling ‘Late Show’ Debut
April 23, 2014
“Obviously I hire people who fit the sensibility,” Griffin says.Banter With The Beast: MSNBC’s Head Honcho Phil Griffin on Admiring Roger Ailes and More
January 30, 2014
The value of candour in individuals should be measured by their sensibility to shame.
Nature has been too kind to you for your happiness, your delicacy, your sensibility.The Letters of Robert Burns
If a man is amiable, and if I have taste and sensibility, I must see and feel it.
The charm of sensibility he had told me was to him irresistible.
Alas it must be so—even were I to fly to him, my sensibility could not support the scene.
- 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 sensibility
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.