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[ sen-seyt ]
/ ˈsɛn seɪt /


perceiving or perceived through the senses.

Nearby words

senora, senorita, senryu, sens, sensa, sensate, sensate focus, sensately, sensation, sensational, sensationalism

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sensate

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

    Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12|Various
  • Its long, funnel-shaped form dipped and lifted, trailing back and forth like some sensate thing.

    Winning the Wilderness|Margaret Hill McCarter

British Dictionary definitions for sensate


/ (ˈsɛnseɪt) /


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

Word Origin for sensate

C16: from Late Latin sensātus endowed with sense, from Latin sensus sense
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for sensate


[ sĕnsāt′ ]


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