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.
- hy·per·sen·si·bil·i·ty, noun
- non·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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How to use sensibility in a sentence
By mixing cultural foodways with modern sensibilities, we can feel good about having a sustainable holiday feast.
I was just, my sensibilities are just offended by its very existence.Podcast: Facial recognition is quietly being used to control access to housing and social services | Tate Ryan-Mosley | December 2, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Vallely said the original philanthropists, such as 18th-century prison reformer John Howard, functioned under the “cult of sensibility.”After growing up poor, a Premier League star corners U.K. into feeding its hungry | Amos Barshad | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat does just that—it teaches you how to cook, the science of what makes food taste good, and how to gain your own flavor sensibilities and confidence in the kitchen.
It helps me have a sensibility,This is how I feel my ancestry speaks, through food and especially through cacao.Meet Four Craft Chocolate Makers Decolonizing the Industry | Jinji Fraser | October 22, 2020 | Eater
He stayed up all night, looking at the streets he had biked around as a kid with a whole new sensibility.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy | Oliver Jones | December 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Lyricist E. Y. “Yip” Harburg was as provocative as Hammerstein, though with a much less earnest, more whimsical sensibility.
Hitchcock's sensibility was being shaped by the German Expressionist masters.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I do feel there is a gay sensibility in everything I do, including the Twilight movies.
As he debuts on Broadway, he talks Beyoncé, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the ‘gay sensibility’ in all he does.
It represents an engaging personality, in which vivacity and sensibility are distinctly indicated.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D. | Clara Erskine Clement
No one with even an ordinary share of sensibility can witness a ceremony involving such consequences without the deepest emotion.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
She was delighted with these indications of gratitude and sensibility on the part of the unenlightened and lowly peasantry.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
What an agitation, and at the same time what an unhealthy stimulus to his over-sensibility!The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
In this change of attitude his artistic sensibility unquestionably played a part.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky | Modeste Tchaikovsky
British Dictionary definitions for sensibility
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 feelings: cruelty offends most people's sensibilities
the condition of a plant of being susceptible to external influences, esp attack by parasites
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