[ sen-suh-ree ]
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  1. of or relating to the senses or sensation.

  2. Physiology. noting a structure for conveying an impulse that results or tends to result in sensation, as a nerve.

Origin of sensory

First recorded in 1620–30; sense + -ory1
  • Also sen·so·ri·al [sen-sawr-ee-uhl, -sohr-]. /sɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/.

Other words from sensory

  • in·ter·sen·so·ry, adjective
  • mul·ti·sen·so·ry, adjective
  • non·sen·so·ri·al, adjective
  • non·sen·so·ry, adjective
  • un·sen·so·ry, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for sensory


less commonly sensorial (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl)

/ (ˈsɛnsərɪ) /

  1. of or relating to the senses or the power of sensation

  2. of or relating to those processes and structures within an organism that receive stimuli from the environment and convey them to the brain

Origin of sensory

C18: from Latin sensōrius, from sentīre to feel

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Scientific definitions for sensory


[ sĕnsə-rē ]

  1. Involving the sense organs or the nerves that relay messages from them. Compare motor.

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