sensible

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sensible aware intuitively or intellectually of something sensed "made sensible of his mistakes","I am sensible that the mention of such a circumstance may appear trifling"- Henry Hallam","sensible that a good deal more is still to be done"- Edmund Burke"
    • adj sensible readily perceived by the senses "the sensible universe","a sensible odor"
    • adj sensible showing reason or sound judgment "a sensible choice","a sensible person"
    • adj sensible able to feel or perceive "even amoeba are sensible creatures","the more sensible parts of the skin"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sensible Capable of being perceived by the senses; apprehensible through the bodily organs; hence, also, perceptible to the mind; making an impression upon the sense, reason, or understanding; sensible resistance. "Air is sensible to the touch by its motion.""The disgrace was more sensible than the pain.""Any very sensible effect upon the prices of things."
    • Sensible Having moral perception; capable of being affected by moral good or evil.
    • Sensible Having the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; capable of perceiving by the instrumentality of the proper organs; liable to be affected physsically or mentally; impressible. "Would your cambric were sensible as your finger."
    • Sensible Hence: Liable to impression from without; easily affected; having nice perception or acute feeling; sensitive; also, readily moved or affected by natural agents; delicate; as, a sensible thermometer. "With affection wondrous sensible ."
    • Sensible Perceiving or having perception, either by the senses or the mind; cognizant; perceiving so clearly as to be convinced; satisfied; persuaded. "He [man] can not think at any time, waking or sleeping, without being sensible of it.""They are now sensible it would have been better to comply than to refuse."
    • Sensible Possessing or containing sense or reason; giftedwith, or characterized by, good or common sense; intelligent; wise. "Now a sensible man, by and by a fool."
    • Sensible Sensation; sensibility.
    • Sensible That which has sensibility; a sensitive being. "This melancholy extends itself not to men only, but even to vegetals and sensibles ."
    • Sensible That which impresses itself on the sense; anything perceptible. "Aristotle distinguished sensibles into common and proper."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sensible Capable of affecting the senses; perceptible through the bodily organs.
    • sensible Perceptible to the mind through observation and reflection; appreciable.
    • sensible Capable of sensation; having the capacity of receiving impressions from external objects; endowed with sense or sense-organs; sensitive: as, the eye is sensible to light.
    • sensible Appreciative; amenable (to); influenced or capable of being influenced (by).
    • sensible Very liable to impression from without; easily affected; highly sensitive.
    • sensible Perceiving or having perception either by the senses or by the intellect; aware; cognizant; persuaded: conscious: generally with of.
    • sensible Capable of responding to very slight changes of condition; sensitive (in this sense the better word): as, a sensible thermometer or balance.
    • sensible Possessing or characterized by sense, judgment, or reason; endowed with or characterized by good or common sense; intelligent; reasonable; judicious: as, a sensible man; a sensible proposal.
    • sensible Synonyms and Sensible, Perceptibl. Literally, these words are of about the same meaning and strength, the difference depending chiefly upon the connection; for example, a sensible difference, a perceptible difference.
    • sensible Be Sensible, Be Conscious, etc. See feel.
    • sensible Sensible, Sensitive, Sentient. Sensible in its first meaning was passive, but is now quite as often active. As active, it is both physical and mental, and is unemphatic: as, to be sensible (that is, aware) of heat or cold, of neglect or injury. Sensitive means feeling acutely, either in body or in mind. A sensible man will school himself not to be too sensitive to criticism. Sentient is a physiologically descriptive word, indicating the possession or use of the sense of feeling: as, the fly is a sentient being.
    • sensible Observant, aware, conscious.
    • sensible Sensible, Judicious, discreet, sage, sagacious, sound. As compared with judicious, sensible means possessing common sense, having a sound and practical reason, while judicious means discreet in choosing what to do or advise; the one applying to the nnderstanding and judgment, the other to the judgment in its relation to the will. Sensible, Intelligent, Common-sense. As compared with intelligent, sensible means possessed of the power to see things in their true light, the light of a correct judgment, a large, sound, roundabout sense, while intelligent means possessed of a clear and quick understanding, so as to apprehend an idea promptly and see it in its true relations. The relation between cause and effect is here so close that intelligent often seems to mean essentially the same as well-informed. Where the sense implied in sensible is thought of as peculiarly general or level to the experience, conclusions, or notions of the mass of men, common-sense is, by a new usage, sometimes employed: as, he was a common-sense person: he took a common-sense view of the matter. All these words apply both to the person and to his opinions, words, writings, etc.
    • n sensible Sensation; sensibility.
    • n sensible That which produces sensation; that which impresses itself on the senses; something perceptible; a material substance.
    • n sensible That which possesses sensibility or capability of feeling; a sensitive being.
    • n sensible In music, same as sensible note. See leading tone.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sensible capable of being perceived by the senses or by the mind: capable of being affected: easily affected: delicate: intelligent, marked by sense, judicious: cognisant: aware: appreciable: sensitive: amenable to
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “In a very ugly and sensible age, the arts borrow, not from life, but from each other.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann%20Wolfgang%20Von%20Goethe
    “Who is the most sensible person? The one who finds what is to their own advantage in all that happens to them.”
  • Emily Post
    Emily Post
    “To do exactly as your neighbors do is the only sensible rule.”
  • William T. Sherman
    William T. Sherman
    “I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”
  • Remy De Gourmont
    Remy%20De%20Gourmont
    “We live less and less, and we learn more and more. Sensibility is surrendering to intelligence.”
  • Samuel Butler
    Samuel%20Butler
    “If God wants us to do a thing, he should make his wishes sufficiently clear. Sensible people will wait till he has done this before paying much attention to him.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. sensibilis, fr. sensus, sense
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sensussentīre, to feel.

Usage

In literature:

He was sensible, too, of a decay of his hearing, perhaps his other faculties might fall off and he not be sensible of it.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
It also promotes a sickly sensibility.
"The Ladies' Vase" by An American Lady
He was sensible and well-read.
"Mark Hurdlestone" by Susanna Moodie
By what sign shall the public recognise the man of sensibility, always supposing that it is a man of sensibility the public wants?
"Art" by Clive Bell
I'm very sensible indeed, you know.
"None Other Gods" by Robert Hugh Benson
I merely want you to follow your extremely sensible and well-balanced head.
"The Title Market" by Emily Post
It is throughout thoroughly broad, refreshingly sensible and profoundly convincing.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
The dying part loses sensibility to touch and becomes cold and shrivelled.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Is it possible for a person to exercise a feeling "as strong as death," and yet not be sensible of it?
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Until then he had been only eloquent; he now showed that he possessed sensibility.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
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In poetry:

In SENSIBILITY'S lov'd praise
I tune my trembling reed,
And seek to deck her shrine with bays,
On which my heart must bleed!
"To Sensibility" by Helen Maria Williams
Yet tho' a fool I should appear,
A thousand faults revealing;
And thousand cares that wait on thee,
Sweet sacred sensibility,
O let me still be feeling.
"A Fragment" by Elizabeth Bath
He never the mental delights shall partake,
Which refin'd sensibility knows;
Those only can taste them who wait at her shrine,
Or can tell of the bliss she bestows.
"The Reflections Of A Serious Moment" by Elizabeth Bath
Sweet Sensibility! thy kindling ray,
Shall blend its light with Reason's milder beam;
And oft shall Pity's trembling glance convey
To Mis'ry's dark abode a cheering gleam.
"To The Author's Brother. On the choice of a Wife in the Year 1789" by Maria Logan
Have we a nation to save? In the first place
Saving ourselves is the sensible plan,--
Surely the spot where there's shooting's the worst place
Where I can stand, says the sweet little man.
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Ther's nobbut one friend 'at a chap can depend on,
If he's made up his mind to succeed in the strife;
A chap's but hissen 'at he can mak a friend on,
Unless he be blest wi' a sensible wife.
"Work Lads!" by John Hartley

In news:

" With the consumer design sensibility of the Misfit Shine – it's not hard to see this tribe of " misfits " – including ...
"It's very complicated to take a 400-plus-page rule book and shrink it down to something sensible," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in The Indianapolis Star last month.
In Ang Lee's "Sense and Sensibility," the characters never stopped talking.
Some sensible ideas for reviving America's entrepreneurial spirit.
Halloween tips for the sensibly paranoid.
Columbia's EEZ proposal continues to evolve sensibly .
Try sensibly using your senses.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly ) Meeting.
Cut gas costs by maintaining vehicle, driving sensibly .
Beyond that, developing a clear idea of what a free and shared society should look like before it is practical is both sensible and wise.
Re- Imagine a Jazz Sensibility.
He left most of us in a trance but not before he had jolted my Indian sensibilities.
Physicists find that 'balloon' theory is most sensible of three proposed possibilities.
Finlandia, Hancock host forum on sensible campus growth.
Sensible people can make for spirited debate Joe Butkiewicz OPINION.
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In science:

When the continuum limit is to be ensured for each state, one requires in a sense that the classical equations are sensible at arbitrarily small scales, and corrections could only come from quantum uncertainties.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
As we will see in the next section, the SP solution carries, however, sensible physical information only in a limited interval y ∈ [0, y∗ ].
Message passing for vertex covers
This defines a range y ∈ (0, y∗) where the SP equation provide a potentially sensible solution, with y∗ given by the marginality condition Σ(y∗ ) = 0.
Message passing for vertex covers
This is a generic problem for background-independent theories, but some systematic way of dealing with these different descriptions of physics needs to be found for us to sensibly interpret and analyze multiple vacua within a single formulation of string field theory.
String Field Theory
Consequently, in order to derive sensible information-theoretic relations regarding the information dynamics in a random-unitary evolution, one has to single out the random-unitary Kraus representation minimizing H (pi).
On the minimum number of unitaries needed to describe a random-unitary channel
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