having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.
cognizant; keenly aware (usually followed by of): sensible of his fault.
significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable: a sensible reduction in price.
capable of being perceived by the senses; material: the sensible universe.
capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.
perceptible to the mind.
conscious: The patient was speechless but still sensible.
- sen·si·ble·ness, noun
- sen·si·bly, adverb
- non·sen·si·ble, adjective
- non·sen·si·ble·ness, noun
- non·sen·si·bly, adverb
- o·ver·sen·si·ble, adjective
- o·ver·sen·si·ble·ness, noun
- o·ver·sen·si·bly, adverb
- un·sen·si·ble, adjective
- un·sen·si·ble·ness, noun
- un·sen·si·bly, adverb
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How to use sensible in a sentence
That second opinion should give the city more sensible recommendations on how to safely and quickly ready the building for full occupancy, for far less than the $115 million Kitchell recommends spending.Flaws and Assumptions Render 101 Ash St. Assessment Meaningless | Sandor Shapery | September 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
He immediately created a sensible plan to combat the coronavirus, developing a national testing strategy and calling for a universal mask mandate.Donald Trump has failed to protect me and other students from COVID-19 | jakemeth | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
I guess it’s one measure of how successful, and dominant, the political duopoly is that plenty of seemingly sensible people have plenty of seemingly sensible reform ideas that, for the most part, gain very little traction.
It might seem sensible to assume that a lower starting temperature would provide an insurmountable head start.A new experiment hints at how hot water can freeze faster than cold | Emily Conover | August 7, 2020 | Science News
Pandemics happen because of lack of governance, sensible public health interventions and surveillance.To prevent the next pandemic, we might need to cut down fewer trees | Jonathan Lambert | July 23, 2020 | Science News
And in an environment where time is money, hooking up with an escort just might be the sensible thing to do.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex | Aurora Snow | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some will be avoiding New Year festivities entirely—and very sensible folk they are too.
“These days we all have to be a bit more sensible,” says Sitwell.
In The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker settles a war among the scolds with a sensible approach to usage.Go Ahead, End With a Preposition: Grammar Rules We All Can Live With | Nick Romeo | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The White House just launched a major initiative to implement a more modern, sensible drug policy.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday? | Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That was a considerable sensible commandment of yourn, always to shoot the foremost of the Mexicans when they attacked.
By its operation Gordon Wright, the most sensible man of our acquaintance, is reduced to the level of infancy!Confidence | Henry James
But here in this little valley of the Kaw, he was cheered to see his race on a practical and sensible basis.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
When Tim hesitates he loses his temper as a sensible man should lose it—he buries it, and his indomitable good humor wins.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
She was far too sensible for ingratitude, and fully appreciated the gifts that life had so liberally dealt her.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for sensible
having or showing good sense or judgment: a sensible decision
(of clothing) serviceable; practical: sensible shoes
having the capacity for sensation; sensitive
capable of being apprehended by the senses
perceptible to the mind
(sometimes foll by of) having perception; aware: sensible of your kindness
readily perceived; considerable: a sensible difference
Also called: sensible note a less common term for leading note
- sensibleness, noun
- sensibly, adverb
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