Origin of sensible

1325–75; Middle English < Old French < Latin sēnsibilis, equivalent to sēns(us) sense + -ibilis -ible
Related formssen·si·ble·ness, nounsen·si·bly, adverbnon·sen·si·ble, adjectivenon·sen·si·ble·ness, nounnon·sen·si·bly, adverbo·ver·sen·si·ble, adjectiveo·ver·sen·si·ble·ness, nouno·ver·sen·si·bly, adverbun·sen·si·ble, adjectiveun·sen·si·ble·ness, nounun·sen·si·bly, adverb

Synonyms for sensible

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1. See practical.

Antonyms for sensible

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

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having or showing good sense or judgmenta sensible decision
(of clothing) serviceable; practicalsensible shoes
having the capacity for sensation; sensitive
capable of being apprehended by the senses
perceptible to the mind
(sometimes foll by of) having perception; awaresensible of your kindness
readily perceived; considerablea sensible difference


Also called: sensible note a less common term for leading note
Derived Formssensibleness, nounsensibly, adverb

Word Origin for sensible

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin sēnsibilis, from Latin sentīre to sense
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Word Origin and History for sensible

late 14c., "capable of sensation or feeling;" also "capable of being sensed or felt, perceptible to the senses," hence "easily understood; logical, reasonable," from Late Latin sensibilis "having feeling, perceptible by the senses," from sensus, past participle of sentire "perceive, feel" (see sense (n.)). Of persons, "aware, cognizant (of something)" early 15c.; "having good sense, capable of reasoning, discerning, clever," mid-15c. Of clothes, shoes, etc., "practical rather than fashionable" it is attested from 1855.

Other Middle English senses included "susceptible to injury or pain" (early 15c., now gone with sensitive); "worldly, temporal, outward" (c.1400); "carnal, unspiritual" (early 15c., now gone with sensual). Related: Sensibleness.

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sensible in Medicine




Perceptible by the senses or by the mind.
Having the faculty of sensation; able to feel or perceive.
Having a perception of something; cognizant.
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