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  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.
  3. significant in quantity, magnitude, etc.; considerable; appreciable: a sensible reduction in price.
  4. capable of being perceived by the senses; material: the sensible universe.
  5. capable of feeling or perceiving, as organs or parts of the body.
  6. perceptible to the mind.
  7. conscious: The patient was speechless but still sensible.
  8. Archaic. sensitive.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for unsensible

Historical Examples of unsensible

  • "I guess I won't say he's unsensible just now," said Bessie.

  • As Dad can tell you, I have a lot of most unsensible ideas of my own.

  • So then the poor lad was not so unsensible, but he knew to do his bidding, for they're no born that dare gainsay him.


    Mary Brunton

  • If you knowed her afore, I expect ye'll think it best to clear while she's unsensible like.'

    Robbery Under Arms

    Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

British Dictionary definitions for unsensible


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unsensible in Medicine


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