[ sen-suh-buhl ]
See synonyms for: sensiblesensiblenesssensibly on

  1. having, using, or showing good sense or sound judgment: a sensible young woman.

  2. cognizant; keenly aware (usually followed by of): sensible of his fault.

  1. significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable: a sensible reduction in price.

  2. capable of being perceived by the senses; material: the sensible universe.

  3. capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.

  4. perceptible to the mind.

  5. conscious: The patient was speechless but still sensible.

  6. Archaic. sensitive.

Origin of sensible

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēnsibilis; equivalent to sense + -ible

synonym study For sensible

1. See practical.

Other words for sensible

Opposites for sensible

Other words from 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

British Dictionary definitions for sensible


/ (ˈsɛnsɪbəl) /

  1. having or showing good sense or judgment: a sensible decision

  2. (of clothing) serviceable; practical: sensible shoes

  1. having the capacity for sensation; sensitive

  2. capable of being apprehended by the senses

  3. perceptible to the mind

  4. (sometimes foll by of) having perception; aware: sensible of your kindness

  5. readily perceived; considerable: a sensible difference

  1. Also called: sensible note a less common term for leading note

Origin of sensible

C14: from Old French, from Late Latin sēnsibilis, from Latin sentīre to sense

Derived forms of sensible

  • sensibleness, noun
  • sensibly, adverb

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