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.
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
1325–75;Middle Englishsensibilite < Middle French < Late Latinsēnsibilitās. See sensible, -ity
Related formshy·per·sen·si·bil·i·ty, nounnon·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun,pluralnon·sen·si·bil·i·ties.un·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun,pluralun·sen·si·bil·i·ties.
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.
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.