[ sen-suh-bil-i-tee ]
/ ˌsɛn səˈbɪl ɪ ti /
noun, plural sen·si·bil·i·ties.
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
SYNONYMS FOR sensibility
1 Sensibility, susceptibility, sensitiveness, sensitivity refer to capacity to respond to or be affected by something. Sensibility is, particularly, capacity to respond to aesthetic and emotional stimuli: the sensibility of the artist. Susceptibility is the state or quality of being impressionable and responsive, especially to emotional stimuli; in the plural it has much the same meaning as sensibility : a person of keen susceptibilities. Sensitiveness is the state or quality of being sensitive, of having a capacity of sensation and of responding to external stimuli: sensitiveness to light. Sensitivity is a special capability of being sensitive to physiological, chemical action or a tendency to be easily affected by the adverse reactions of others: the sensitivity of a nerve; sensitivity to criticism.
2 alertness, awareness.
Related formshy·per·sen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun, plural non·sen·si·bil·i·ties.un·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun, plural un·sen·si·bil·i·ties.
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British Dictionary definitions for hypersensibility
/ (ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
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
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Medicine definitions for hypersensibility
[ sĕn′sə-bĭl′ĭ-tē ]
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.
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