Definitions for sensibilityˌsɛn səˈbɪl ɪ ti
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sensibility, esthesia, aesthesia(noun)
mental responsiveness and awareness
refined sensitivity to pleasurable or painful impressions
"cruelty offended his sensibility"
sensitivity, sensitiveness, sensibility(noun)
(physiology) responsiveness to external stimuli; the faculty of sensation
"sensitivity to pain"
The ability to sense, feel or perceive; especially to be sensitive to the feelings of another
An acute awareness or feeling
the quality or state of being sensible, or capable of sensation; capacity to feel or perceive
the capacity of emotion or feeling, as distinguished from the intellect and the will; peculiar susceptibility of impression, pleasurable or painful; delicacy of feeling; quick emotion or sympathy; as, sensibility to pleasure or pain; sensibility to shame or praise; exquisite sensibility; -- often used in the plural
experience of sensation; actual feeling
that quality of an instrument which makes it indicate very slight changes of condition; delicacy; as, the sensibility of a balance, or of a thermometer
Sensibility refers to an acute perception of or responsiveness toward something, such as the emotions of another. This concept emerged in eighteenth-century Britain, and was closely associated with studies of sense perception as the means through which knowledge is gathered. It also became associated with sentimental moral philosophy. One of the first of such texts would be John Locke's Essay Concerning Human Understanding, where he says, "I conceive that Ideas in the Understanding, are coeval with Sensation; which is such an Impression or Motion, made in some part of the Body, as makes it be taken notice of in the Understanding." George Cheyne and other medical writers wrote of "The English Malady," also called "hysteria" in women or "hypochondria" in men, a condition with symptoms that closely resemble the modern diagnosis of clinical depression. Cheyne considered this malady to be the result of over-taxed nerves. At the same time, theorists asserted that individuals who had ultra-sensitive nerves would have keener senses, and thus be more aware of beauty and moral truth. Thus, while it was considered a physical and/or emotional fragility, sensibility was also widely perceived as a virtue.
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