sensibility

[ sen-suh-bil-i-tee ]
/ ˌsɛn səˈbɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural sen·si·bil·i·ties.

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Origin of sensibility

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English sensibilite, from Middle French, from Late Latin sēnsibilitās.See sensible, -ity

synonym study 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.

OTHER WORDS FROM sensibility

hy·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 sensibility

sensibility
/ (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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Medical definitions for sensibility

sensibility
[ sĕn′sə-bĭlĭ-tē ]

n.

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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