[ sen-suh-bil-i-tee ]
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noun,plural sen·si·bil·i·ties.
  1. capacity for sensation or feeling; responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.

  2. mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.

  1. keen consciousness or appreciation.

  2. sensibilities, emotional capacities.

  3. Sometimes sensibilities. liability to feel hurt or offended; sensitive feelings.

  4. Often sensibilities. capacity for intellectual and aesthetic distinctions, feelings, tastes, etc.: a man of refined sensibilities.

  5. the property, as in plants or instruments, of being readily affected by external influences.

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 for sensibility

Other words from sensibility

  • 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.

Words Nearby sensibility Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sensibility in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sensibility


/ (ˌsɛnsɪˈbɪlɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the ability to perceive or feel

  2. (often plural) the capacity for responding to emotion, impression, etc

  1. (often plural) the capacity for responding to aesthetic stimuli

  2. mental responsiveness; discernment; awareness

  3. (usually plural) emotional or moral feelings: cruelty offends most people's sensibilities

  4. the condition of a plant of being susceptible to external influences, esp attack by parasites

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