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  1. perceiving or perceived through the senses.
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Origin of sensate

From the Late Latin word sēnsātus, dating back to 1490–1500. See sense, -ate1
Related formssen·sate·ly, adverbnon·sen·sate, adjectiveun·sen·sate, adjective
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Historical Examples of sensate

  • Its long, funnel-shaped form dipped and lifted, trailing back and forth like some sensate thing.

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • It is the declamation, when the model is alive or sensate; it is the tone, when the model is insensate.

British Dictionary definitions for sensate


  1. perceived by the senses
  2. obsolete having the power of sensation
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Derived Formssensately, adverb

Word Origin for sensate

C16: from Late Latin sensātus endowed with sense, from Latin sensus sense
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Word Origin and History for sensate


c.1500, from Late Latin sensatus "gifted with sense," from sensus (see sense (n.)). From 1937 in sociology. As a verb from 1650s.

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sensate in Medicine


  1. Perceived by a sense or the senses.
  2. Having physical sensation.
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